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Mahi wanted these three cricketers out. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story won't tell you who they are

In the Indian skipper's biopic, which releases this week, the makers have decided not to spell out the names of the cricketers that Dhoni wanted ousted from the ODI team. We tell you who we think these three are

Prabhjeet Singh Sethi 26 September 2016, 8:22 PM
Sushant Singh Rajput is all set to play Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Neeraj Pandey directorial

Sushant Singh Rajput is all set to play Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Neeraj Pandey directorial Twitter

In MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, the audience won't get to know the names of three cricketers whom MS Dhoni wanted to oust from the Indian cricket team at one point. The film releases this week but the makers have decided to avoid mentioning in the movie.

In a scene in the trailer of the movie, actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who plays Dhoni, says, "These three don't fit in the ODI team anymore." In response, one of the selectors says, "Dhoni wants to oust a person who promoted him." And another says, "He won't stop at these three." At that, Sushant says, "We are all servants, and we are all doing national duty".

While this scene will still be a part of the movie, director Neeraj Pandey said they have decided to edit out the names of the three cricketers. He says that it was a mutual decision between him and the cricketer as they felt revealing the names would do more damage than good.

But who's stopping us from triggering some guesswork?

Our first guess is Sourav Ganguly, who retired from ODIs on November 15, 2007, a few months after Dhoni and company won India the inaugural T20 World Cup, beating Pakistan in the final. Ganguly, in the twilight of his career, was struggling with his form back then. And let's not forget, Dada was one of the seniors to promote Dhoni when the wicket-keeper batsman entered international cricket.

Second, Rahul Dravid, who played his last ODI on September 16, 2011, against England after India won the 2011 World Cup. He was not included in the WC squad. Dravid promoted Dhoni in more ways than one. He promoted him as wicket-keeper despite being India's back-up keeper before Dhoni's arrival in international cricket.

The third one could be Virender Sehwag or Harbhajan Singh. Sehwag had played enough for the country. And Dhoni might have wanted an opener who had better footwork or versatility. And most batsmen around the world had successfully read Harbhajan, and also knew when he'd have the doosra up his sleeve. Dhoni probably wanted a less-orthodox spinner in his arsenal.

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