Prakash Chandra Poddar, who may be one of the key figures in the gift of MS Dhoni to Indian cricket, passed away at the age of 82. 1940-born Poddar played 74 matches in First-Class cricket for Bengal between 1960 and 1977, totaling 3836 runs and 11 hundred. Poddar saw a young Dhoni in early 2003 while working as an official for the BCCI’s Talent Resource Development Scheme (TRDS) branch.

Poddar, a former captain of the Bengals, also played for Rajasthan, helping that side reach the Ranji Trophy finals twice. With 562 runs and an average of 70.25, he finished the 1970–71 season as the third-highest run-scorer. After retiring, Poddar worked with the BCCI at the TRDS, a program created in 2002 to help young, talented Indian cricketers advance quickly. The late Jagmohan Dalmiya, the then-president of the BCCI, selected Dilip Vengsarkar as the panel’s chairman.

“I believed he would be useful to Indian cricket if we could discipline the way he utilized his influence. And for that reason, I suggested that he apply to the National Cricket Academy. Even at that age, however, kya maarta tha ball ko, he scored 35 runs (He bashed the ball in some way). He possessed raw power, and I believed that with the right coaching, he might excel in one-day cricket “Poddar reportedly said about Dhoni.

Other discoveries from this program, besides Dhoni, were Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, S. Sreesanth, and Piyush Chawla. Poddar said the following about Dhoni: “Powerful ball striker who still has to improve in his wicket-keeping. Not excellent technically. excels at sprinting between wickets.” Dhoni was chosen for India A in 2003/04 after Poddar sent the NCA Dhoni’s report.

“Although Poddar claimed to have never seen a guy strike a cricket ball with such force, he made a dreadful wicketkeeper. His lengthy hair did not suit Poddar’s taste in fashion. You won’t like him, he said “Sportstar had been informed by Poddar’s close friend and former First-Class cricketer, Raju Mukherjee.

“The next day, I went to the Bengal-Bihar game at the Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur after saying, “Let me take a look at him.” Long before the game began, when I was speaking with the Bihar coach, a guy on a bike with long hair and a sleeveless top approached. I was shocked to see this guy bringing out cookies to feed stray dogs a minute later. He scored roughly 30 to 40 runs while at bat, although some of his hits were powerful. A single one of them left Keenan Stadium. I had never seen such strong impacts.

In a poignant homage to Poddar, Mukherjee announced that he had gone away on December 29. “On December 29, 2022, PC Poddar, a former Bengal captain, a talent scout for the BCCI, and junior national selector, departed the world. He represented Bengal and Rajasthan for more than 20 years as well as East and Central zonal teams “In his blog, he wrote.

“Poddar, who we, his neighbors, called Lulu-da, was very intelligent and well-informed. He was also an excellent student of the game and knowledgeable about the rules of cricket.

“His approach to the game of cricket was firmly founded on a strong forward defensive technique and an enduring attitude. Nearly every ball would be played forward by him! He had a superb “ducking” or “weaving away” technique while facing bumpers “.