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Business News/ Sports / ‘It took MS Dhoni 20 years...let him…': What did Sourav Ganguly say on Sunil Gavaskar calling Dhruv Jurel ‘another MSD'
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‘It took MS Dhoni 20 years...let him…': What did Sourav Ganguly say on Sunil Gavaskar calling Dhruv Jurel ‘another MSD'

As Dhruv Jurel receives praise for his performance in the fourth Test against England, Sunil Gavaskar called him the next MS Dhoni while Sourav Ganguly comments on Jurel's talent and potential.

Ranchi: India's Dhruv Jurel plays a shot during the third day of the fourth Test cricket match between India and England, in Ranchi, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. (PTI Photo)Premium
Ranchi: India's Dhruv Jurel plays a shot during the third day of the fourth Test cricket match between India and England, in Ranchi, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. (PTI Photo)

Dhruv Jurel who played a stellar role in India's match-winning performance in the fourth Test against England has been receiving praises from the cricket fraternity. Recently, Sunil Gavaskar had called Jurel as the next Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the making. On his now, Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has now commented on Jurel's talent and has advised patience in comparison with Dhoni's journey. “MS Dhoni is in a different league," the former Indian cricket captain said.

Speaking on Jurel's comparision with MSD, Ganguly told RevSportz that, “Dhruv Jurel… what a Test match he had under pressure on a difficult wicket. There is huge talent and if you miss you and you go back down in the ladder, it will be very hard to come back. MS Dhoni is in a different league. Jurel has talent; there's no doubt about it. But it took MS Dhoni 20 years to be MS Dhoni. Rather 15 years for Dhoni to be Dhoni. So let him [Jurel] play. Jurel's ability to play spin, pace and most importantly to perform under pressure. That's what you look for in a youngster."

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During the commentary of the Day 3 of the 4th Test match, Gavaskar had said, “Of course he has batted well, but his keeping, his work behind the stumps has been equally brilliant. Just by looking at his game awareness, I want to say that he is another MS Dhoni in the making. I know there can never be another MSD but you know the presence of mind that he has, MSD also when he started, it was that. And Jurel has that game awareness. Street-smart cricketer."

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Coming back to Ganguly, Former India spinner Anil Kumble has agreed to Gavasakar and said that the wicketkeeper batter has the potential to reach the level of success that MS Dhoni attained in his career. He also called Jurel exceptional so far especially against the speedsters. 

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"Oh yes, there's Rishabh Pant. We don't know of course when he comes, comes back whenever that happens. Sooner hopefully for Rishabh. But otherwise, yes, he certainly has all the credentials to get to where MS (Dhoni) reached in his career. He's not just shown the temperament of his technique to defence but even when he's attacking. Even in that first innings, he was very assured, he went after and then hit those big sixes," Kumble said on Jio Cinema as quoted by news agency ANI.

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"He's been exceptional, especially of the faster bowlers...He's only going to improve. This is only his second Test and I'm sure as he starts playing more and more he'll only get better. And it only augers well for India. And to have him in a squad is exceptional. Yeah, I mean it's not been easy for KS Bharat," he added. 

Meanwhile, India will lock horns with England in the fifth and final Test match of the series from March 7 at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 01 Mar 2024, 09:05 AM IST
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