I wish MS Dhoni had given me a chance to play for India – Former CSK star gets emotional after announcing retirement

Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is hailed for shaping many careers. The likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohit Sharma had impressed MS with their talent and potential in the IPL and went on to play for India.

However, a few players who played with MSD at CSK did well for the franchise but not enough for Dhoni to consider them for the Indian team, and one of them was Ishwar Pandey.

Pandey, who starred for CSK from 2014-2015, retired from all forms of cricket on Monday, 12th September.

Hailing from Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, Pandey has done well in the domestic circuit. He has played 75 matches and picked up 263 wickets. Further, in 71 T20 games, the 33-year-old took 68 wickets.

Despite being proud of his achievements, Ishwar regrets not being able to play even a solitary match for India. The closest he came was when he was selected for the New Zealand and England tour.

Reflecting on his early retirement, Pandey said, “Had MS Dhoni shown more faith in him, I would have done well for the country.”

“I was 23-24 and doing well in the IPL. I wish had Mahi bhai given me a chance, my career would have been different,” said Pandey to Dainik Jagran.

Pandey, who was a part of the Madhya Pradesh squad that won the Ranji Trophy 2022, posted a lengthy retirement note on Instagram reflecting on his journey.


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