Between Kapil Dev’s 1983 World Cup win and 2011, the closest an India captain came to winning the trophy was in 2003 when Sourav Ganguly and Co achieved the last in South Africa. Fifteen years from that defeat, Ganguly has thought of his collection of memoirs ‘A Century Is Not Enough’, in which he lamented not having MS Dhoni in his 2003 World Cup group.

“I had over the years constantly looked out for players who remain steady under pressure and possess the capability to change the course of the match. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who came to my notice in 2004, was a natural progression of this thought,” Ganguly wrote in his life account.

“I wish I’d Dhoni in my 2003 World Cup team. I was informed that when we were playing the 2003 World Cup last, he was as yet a ticket collector with Indian Railways. Amazing!” he included.

Dhoni went ahead to outperform Ganguly as India’s best captain and furthermore win the World Cup in 2011, preceding giving over control to Virat Kohli, who is on the way to break numerous batting and captaincy records.

“Today I am glad that my appraisal was legitimized. It is astounding how he (Dhoni) got through the positions to end up what he is today,” included Ganguly.

Dhoni quit Test cricket in 2014 and now includes just in restricted overs internationals, perhaps looking at a swan tune at the 2019 World Cup in England.

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