“If Dhoni had given me a chance…”: Ishwar Pandey on playing for India team dream

“If Dhoni had given me a chance…”: Ishwar Pandey on playing for India team dream
“If Dhoni had given me a chance…”: Ishwar Pandey on playing for India team dream

New Delhi: After the tall fast bowler Ishwar Pandey who played in IPL for Chennai Super Kings announced his retirement from the sport on Tuesday, he shared some of his hidden emotions to a reputed media channel. While refreshing some of the past memories, we can’t forget that Ishwar was indeed very close to getting an India cap but the dream remained unfulfilled. In 75 first-class matches, he picked up 263 wickets. He was a star paceman for Madhya Pradesh and also featured for Central Zone and domestic cricket.

In the IPL Ishwar picked up 18 wickets in 25 matches during his stint with CSK, Rising Pune Supergiants, and Pune Warriors.

During an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, Ishwar shared some unrevealed talks about his cricket career. He said that things would have been different had MS Dhoni given him a chance.

“Had Dhoni given me a chance my career would have been something else. I was 23-24 year old at that time and my fitness was great. Had Dhoni given me a chance to play for India and if I had performed then my career would have been different,” Pandey said.

Ishwar announced his retirement on Instagram and wrote, “Today the day has come and with a heavy heart, I have decided to retire from International and First class cricket. I began this incredible journey in 2007 and till date I have enjoyed every single moment spent on and off the field. Going back to my early days from how I started to see myself to reach where I am today is immensely satisfying. I feel proud and blessed that I have achieved a bit in my life. Coming from a very small town and to be the first one to make it to Indian cricket team from Rewa (MP) was always a dream and to achieve that will always be my biggest achievement.

“From getting up early in the morning, riding my cycle 20 kms every day in the morning and evening for my training, thinking about cricket 24/7 — it was a struggle which I will forever cherish. It was an honour to be a part of the Indian team for the test series against England and New Zealand. Though I was not fortunate enough to play a game for my country but still to be part of Indian team will always be the most special memory of my life. I still feel bad that I couldn’t get a game to play for my country and I will always be known as a uncapped Indian cricket player.”

“To share dressing room with modern day greats like Virat Kohli, M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was very special and to have played a match against Legend Sachind Tendulkar Sir was like a dream come true. I started watching cricket because of him and I have always admired him since my childhood.

“Thanks to Rising Pune super giants for giving me the IPL exposure for the first time. It was a huge opportunity for me to play against the biggest global stars in the most loved T20 league in the world.

“I would like to thank RPSG and CSK for further selecting me. To be a part of CSK team and to play IPL finals and winning Champions league was special. I absolutely loved my time playing for CSK for 2 years under the guidance of MSD and Stephen Fleming.

“To have a successful journey there are many people who provide you the support and guidance in the background. I would like to thank BCCI, my state association Madhya Pradesh cricket association for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to do well for my state and various teams I played for. MPCA gave me the platform to make my name and fulfill all my childhood dreams,” he further wrote.

He ended the emotional note by thanking his family for their support.


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