Once rejected by Railways, Dhoni wins maiden match against them

  • Prabhash C Jha, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2015 23:05 IST
India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (AFP Photo)

Rejected by the Railways cricket team back in 2002, team India’s ODI captain MS Dhoni helped his team defeat them convincingly by 115 runs at Alur Cricket Stadium Bangalore.

Dhoni was appointed as a ticket checker in Kharagpur railway division of South Eastern Railways before he shot to fame. Despite several attempts by the cricketer to make it to the Railway team for the Ranji Trophy, he was rejected by the selectors who apparently did not find him technically sound enough to represent the Railways.

Playing for Jharkhand, Dhoni, in his patent passion, hit the Railway’s bowling attack for two sixes and a boundary, and scored 37 off 30 balls.

“He always dreamt of representing the railway cricket team in Ranji, but was rejected every single time. In fact, Thursday was the first instance when Mahi played against the Railways,” said Dhoni’s childhood cricket coach Chanchal Bhattacharya.

“He did not say anything, but the excitement was evident on his face. Just like a debutant, Dhoni was eagerly waiting for his turn to bat,” said physio of the Jharkhand team, Dr Amit Dubey.

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