Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Indian Cricket Team
Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Captain of Indian Cricket Team. How many of us remember Dravid and Kumble as successful Indian Captains? Who all remember the Indian wicket keepers who came after Mongia? Do you remember a six hitting Batsman in Indian Cricket other than Ganguly and Kapil Dev? Many of us don’t – That’s the answer. A 23 year old boy from Jharkhand has become a asset for Indian cricket very soon after he joined the Team in 2004.
The ability to hit sixes at any time is something that has made him many fans. He made 148 in his 5th match in both forms of Cricket (Test and Oneday) with plenty of sixes. Every time when India chase a target, we all expect it to be finished off with a six from Dhoni’s bat. Later responsibilities made him change his batting style and that made him more consistant in scoring runs. Is there a word like ‘out-of-form’ in Dhoni’s dictionary? He was appointed as the Captain of India for the 1st Twenty20 World Cup in 2007. A team that has got only one Twenty20 match experience at that time and filled with young blood. To everyone’s surprise he lead the team to glory in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20. Also in 2011 he powered the team to lift the supreme trophy in Oneday – Internationals with an exceptional knock in the final.
Stats say that India rarely lost a ODI match when Dhoni is batting (* not-out). He is the first wicket-keeper to have ever led India in Tests and also the best wicket-keeper batsman India ever had. In fact, one of Best in Cricket. Adam Gilchrist, Andy Flower, Kumar Sangakkara, Mark Boucher, Kamran Akmal, Ridley Jacobs, Alec Stewart, Brendon McCullum – some of the Best wicket-keeper batsmen their countries ever had. Stats can show and say that Dhoni is one among the BEST atleast in ODIs, not only as a wicket-keeper batsman but also as batsman. One may point his not-outs, my question is: “Is it easy to stay not-out? Check his strike rate also.”
Whenever a team lose a match, at first the captain gets criticized irrespective of his performance. But I think there’s no meaning in doing so. Dhoni has already proved his leadership skills. Now when the team lose a match we need to check where the fault is. How can a captain win a cricket match with all bowlers giving more than 6 per over without taking much wickets? Today Dhoni made his maiden double centuary against Australia and our bowling issues seems to be rectified with new talents. Hope to see India again as No.1 in all forms of Cricket 🙂 !