Dhoni was first spotted at the Deodhar Trophy between Central Zone and East Zone. He was the captain of the Central Zone at the time. Dhoni was a star in the East Zone. It was two years before Dhoni made his international debut. We scored 360 on that day. He then batted third for the East Zone and scored 80-85 off 40-50. He knew that Dhoni had something special. Kaif also said that Dhoni had the batting style and ability to understand the game.
Kaif made it clear that a friend had told him about Dhoni before meeting him for the first time. Dhoni was told by a friend who watched the game on television.
Dhoni played wicketkeeper for India A team. He also tells him that India has a long-lived wicket-keeper. “I got a chance to play against Dhoni soon,” Kaif said.
Dhoni made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in December 2004. Kaif was also in the Indian team for this match. When Dhoni was out for a run, nobody knew about his finishing and match-winning skills. Dhoni’s first two or three innings was not great. Kaif said Dhoni had the opportunity to play against Pakistan in a match in Visakhapatnam.
Dhoni’s batting performance at the time was too close to be ruled out. He realized that he would be a part of the team for a long time. At the start of his career, no other player could believe that an innings was like this. Dhoni was astonished when he hit the ball with extraordinary strength. He was butchering the Pakistani attack. Until then, he had never seen batting. “Promoting Dhoni to number three was a great move,” Kaif said.
India won the match by 58 runs. Dhoni was also the star of the game. Two years later, Dhoni was named India’s captain in the T20 World Cup.