The name “MS Dhoni” has been a name to reckon with as far as international cricket is concerned. A 16-year illustrious career saw the rise of Dhoni from a young wicketkeeper batsman to one of the legends the game has ever seen.
Be it the final over of inaugural T20 world cup being bowled by Joginder Sharma when senior and experienced Harbhajan had his overs left, be it promoting himself ahead of in-form Yuvraj Singh in 2011 world cup final or be it snatching an improbable win against Bangladesh with Hardik Panyda bowling the last over. These are just a few of those memorable moves of Dhoni that a cricket fan can never forget. If we look back at his decade long journey, we will find more instances when he outsmarted his opposition and came out victorious. Those last over finishes with sixes from the bat of Dhoni were nightmares for even the best bowlers.
Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket in 15th August, 2020. Here in this article, we will be going through 5 cricketers who had debuted before MS but haven’t still announced their retirement :
1. Harbhajan Singh (India)
One of the prolific off spinners of his time, Harbhajan Singh made his debut way back in 1998. He has 417 wickets from 103 test matches and 269 wickets from 236 One Day Internationals so far. Among Indian cricketers who were a part of 2003 world cup squad, Harbhajan is the only cricketer who is yet to retire.
2. Chris Gayle (West Indies)
The hard hitting West Indian left handed batsman Chris Gayle is still a nightmare for reputed bowlers from around the globe. Gayle is still active and is still performing great despite his age. Gayle made is debut in 1999 and is widely known for his big sixes. He is equally active and funny character on and off the field.
3. James Anderson (England)
The English bowler James Anderson is active only in the longest version of the game ie Test matches. The veteran pacer is like a fine wine who is getting better and better with age. Anderson has 614 wickets from 160 test matches he has played so far and is regarded as one of the best pacers in the longest format of the game.
4. Amit Mishra (India)
Amit Mishra played his first ODI in 13th April 2003 while MS Dhoni debuted in 23rd December 2004. Due to the presence of veterans like Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, Amit couldn’t really get much chances from the Indian team. He is still active in cricket field and is one of the best leg spinners in IPL history.
5. Dinesh Karthik (India)
Dinesh Karthik is probably the most unluckiest cricketer. Despite having a lot of potential, he was sidelined after Dhoni came into picture. Karthik had his debut just few weeks before Dhoni’s debut. The rise of Dhoni as a finisher never allowed selectors to have a look at another full time option for the wicketkeeping duties.