Mahendra Singh Dhoni was an iconic Indian cricketer. The small-town boy from Ranchi went on to lead the team across 3 formats. Dhoni took over the captaincy mantle in 2007 and within 6 years of his captaincy realm, he won India the treble of ICC trophies. He made his debut in December 2004 and retired in July 2019. There were many Indian cricketers who debuted post-Dhoni but ended up retiring before him.
Here Are Indian Cricketers Who Made Their Debut After MS Dhoni But Retired Early
StumpsandBails looks at 5 such Indian players:
#5 RP Singh
Indian Cricketers who debuted after MS Dhoni. Rudra Pratap Singh played an instrumental role in India’s T20 World Cup-winning campaign. His left arm angle was too hot to handle. Singh played a key role in India’s Test series win in England in 2007. RP Singh made his debut in 2005 in ODIs when India was blessed with left-arm bowling talent. But unfortunately, he couldn’t build on the initial promise and faded away soon.
#4 Pragyan Ojha
Pragyan Ojha had a distinguished India career albeit that lasted for just a short while. His left-arm spin proved to be crucial in India’s ascend to the top in both ODIs and Tests. Ojha picked up 21 wickets in 17 ODIs and was mighty economical (4.46). He was impressive in Tests picking up 113 wickets in 24 Tests. Ojha debuted in 2008 but retired in 2013.
#3 Subramaniam Badrinath
Subramaniam Badrinath is a domestic legend. He played 145 first-class games scoring 10245 runs at an average of 54.5. Badrinath broke open the selection door with his consistent showing in the domestic circuit. He finally got to make his debut in 2008. Badrinath got to play a total of ODIs, 1 Test, and 1 T20I. He won the man-of-the-match award in the only T20 he played. But sadly he never got selected later and retired in 2018.
#2 Munaf Patel
Munaf Patel broke into the national side in 2006. He was India’s fastest bowler back then who clocked 140 km/hr consistently. Patel was part of India’s World Cup-winning XI in 2011. But injuries played a spoilsport in Patel’s career. He could never make a comeback into the side post the high of 2011. Patel hung up his boots in 2018 a year before Dhoni retired.
#1 Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar was a mercurial talent. He bowled with his heart out in all the games he played for India. Kumar was a revelation in the Australia tour of 2007-08. He even won the man-of-the-match award in the CB series finals. His exploits helped India win the series for the first time down under. He was one of Dhoni’s trusted lieutenants. But sadly injuries ruined his career and he gave up on cricket in 2018.