Former India legendary skipper MS Dhoni is celebrated in the country for his successful captaincy stint with India and also for producing many promising Indian cricket talents by giving them chances to represent the Men in Blue and CSK franchise. However, a few players including Ishwar Pandey could not get a chance to play for Team India despite their strong first-class and IPL appearances.
Ishwar Pandey has recently announced retirement from domestic and international cricket and expressed his disappointment for not receiving an Indian cap.
Ishwar Pandey has represented Indian Premier League franchises, Rising Pune Super Giants, and Chennai Super Kings and was also part of the first-time Ranji Trophy winning Madhya Pradesh squad. Pandey picked 263 wickets in 75 first-class matches and played his final match against Kerala in March this year.
The Dainik Jagran quoted Pandey as saying, "If Dhoni had given a chance, my career would have been different. Then I was 23-24 years old and my fitness was also very good. Had Dhoni bhai given me a chance and I would have done well for the country, my career would have been different for sure."
Earlier, Ishwar Pandey released a statement announcing his retirement and said, "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."