Most young Indian players dream to play at least once under MS Dhoni, as brings out the best in them. Rahul Tripathi was one such player who got the chance to play for the Pune team when MS Dhoni was around in 2017. He got some good chances to play for the team and contributed to the team reaching the final.
MS Dhoni has always backed young players. He is always seen having a chat with young players after matches in the Indian T20 League. Many players that have played under him have grown up to be major stars of team India. Deepak Chahar, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Shardul Thakur are the most recent examples.
In an interview with News 18, Rahul Tripathi revealed how Dhoni tried to console him after losing the final against Chennai. Tripathi, who had a major role in taking Kolkata to the final, was suffering from a hamstring injury and could not take his team through.
" I had a hamstring injury and therefore, I came in lower down the order. I couldn’t score runs, I was really struggling to run between the wickets. After I got out, Mahi bhai tapped on my back and said: "Koi nahi, aaj tumhara day nahi tha, But tune hundred percent try kiya"(It wasn’t your day, but you gave your hundred percent). I was feeling very down since we lost the final, but Mahi bhai came after the game also and spoke to me for a minute or so." Tripathi said.
Meanwhile, the Hyderabad team purchased Tripathi in the mega auction for 8.5 crores. Tripathi revealed that his father always motivated him to give his best and not run after the money. "He always told me wherever you go, whichever team you play for, money is secondary," Tripathi concluded.