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The third ODI between England and India will see the teams contest the first international match ever held in Ranchi, hometown of MS Dhoni. Andy Wilson, writing in The Guardian, tells the story of how a young goalkeeper became captain of India's cricket team and led them to the top of the world, speaking to those who knew Dhoni when he grew up. KR Banerjee, the coach who spotted Dhoni's talent as a 12-year-old, has this to say:
"At the beginning he was not that talented, he had an odd style of catching the ball - sometimes with a clap, you know? But then when he came to standard eight [about 14], he started hitting the ball. He already had the helicopter shot, that round of the bat, and the paddle sweep - he had learned these things playing tennis ball and tapeball cricket on the rough grounds. I never tried to change him - one thing I believe is in not renovating the natural talent."
But did Banarjee honestly believe he had discovered a future captain of India? "Of course not. But he was always a confident boy. Not many words - if you asked him his name, he would say his name, and nothing else. In the classes he was quiet."
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