Sourav Ganguly Cautions Against Premature MS Dhoni Comparisons For Rising Star Dhruv Jurel
By CricShots - Mar 4, 2024 12:22 pm
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In the wake of Dhruv Jurel’s standout performance in the fourth Test against England, drawing comparisons to the legendary MS Dhoni, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has expressed caution against prematurely likening the young wicketkeeper to the iconic figure.¬†Jurel played a pivotal role in India’s series-clinching victory in Ranchi, showcasing his talent and composure under pressure.

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While many, including renowned commentator Sunil Gavaskar, were quick to draw parallels between Jurel and Dhoni, Ganguly urged a measured perspective, emphasizing that Jurel is still in the early stages of his career. Speaking to RevSportz, Ganguly acknowledged Jurel’s immense talent and the pressure he handled skillfully on a challenging wicketin Ranchi. However, he emphasized that comparing Jurel to MS Dhoni, a cricketing legend with a career spanning two decades, is premature.

“Dhruv Jurel… what a Test match he had under pressure on a difficult wicket. There is huge talent, and if you miss and you go back down in the ladder, it will be very hard to come back,” Sourav Ganguly remarked.

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Dhruv Jurel’s international debut has been marked by impactful performances, from a gritty 46 in his first innings to a match-winning knock of 90 in Ranchi. Sourav Ganguly highlighted Jurel’s ability to play spin, pace, and excel under pressure, traits reminiscent of a seasoned cricketer.

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While recognizing the flattering comparisons, Sourav Ganguly underscored the distinction between Jurel’s early career and Dhoni’s established legacy. He emphasized the need to allow Jurel to develop and carve his unique path in cricket.

“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,” Sourav Ganguly remarked.

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Post-match, Dhruv Jurel expressed gratitude for the positive comments but maintained humility, acknowledging that it’s a good feeling to hear legends like Sunil Gavaskar talk about him. He emphasized the team’s positive mood and the simple instructions to watch the ball and play, emphasizing the longer he plays, the better it is.