Big disclosure of Kiran More: Former wicketkeeper said- Ganguly wanted to see Deepdas play in place of Dhoni in 2004 Duleep Trophy final, later Mahi scored 60 runs

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Former chief selector Kiran More has claimed that she had a fight with current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in 2004 to get Mahendra Singh a chance. Speaking on a YouTube show called ‘The Curtly and Karishma’, More said – In the year 2004, the final match of Duleep Trophy was to be between East Zone and North Zone. In place of Deep Das Gupta, the regular wicketkeeper from East Zone, I wanted Dhoni to get a chance in the playing-11 so that we can see him play and our hunt for a wicketkeeper can be complete. But Ganguly was not in favor of it. I kept talking to him for 10 days. I had an argument with him too. Eventually Dhoni got a chance in the playing XI.

In this match, Dhoni scored 21 runs in the first innings and 60 runs in just 47 balls in the second innings. Bowlers like Ashish Nehra, Sarandeep Singh, Joginder Sharma, Amit Bhandari were playing from the North Zone. He was then sent to Kenya with India A, where he scored nearly 600 runs in the tri-series and then he did not look back.

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Rahul Dravid was handling the responsibility of wicketkeeping in ODIs
More said that we were looking for a wicketkeeper. At that time the format was changing. A power-hitter was needed, who could bat for the team at No. 6 or 7 and could score 40-50 runs in fewer balls for the team. Rahul Dravid was handling the wicketkeeping duties in ODIs at that time. I was told about Dhoni by a colleague. He had seen Dhoni’s batting. I also went and saw, Dhoni scored 130 runs out of the total 170 runs of the team in that match. In such a situation, everyone wanted to see him play in the Duleep Trophy final.
Dravid has wicketkeeping for the country in 75 ODIs. He was included in the team in the 2003 World Cup as a wicketkeeper.

Dhoni retired from international cricket in 2020
Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on 15 August in the year 2020. Under his captaincy, India won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the ODI World Cup in 2011. He scored 10,773 runs in 350 ODIs at an average of 50.57. In 98 T20Is, he has scored 1,617 runs at an average of 37.60.

Deep Das Gupta scored 51 runs in 5 ODIs at an average of 17.  He has scored 344 runs in 8 Test matches at an average of 28.66.

Deep Das Gupta scored 51 runs in 5 ODIs at an average of 17. He has scored 344 runs in 8 Test matches at an average of 28.66.

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