Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif was part of the Indian team when Dhoni made his India debut agianst Bangladesh on December 23, 2004. The former cricketer talks about his first take when Dhoni was handed over the captaincy.
“The first time I noticed Dhoni, I was the captain of the Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy. And he was playing for East Zone, not as a captain, a wicketkeeper. He had also toured for India A,” a clip aired of Kaif as saying, on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
“I had a friend in Lucknow who told me ‘Kaif, there is a player. Watch him. He has long hair and I’ve never seen anyone hit sixes like he does. All of us who were playing at that time – I, Zaheer, Harbhajan, Sehwag – none of us thought that he could captain India the way he did, who would lift Indian cricket to such heights,” said Kaif.
Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket in August this year.