With a week to go to the start of the bumper India-Australia 4-Test series, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has turned to the almighty for strength and support.
India as a Test playing nation have been under the scanner recently following some below-par results. Humiliating whitewashes in England and Australia were followed by a rather tame defeat to England at home.
Questions have been asked and Dhoni, it seems, is searching for answers.
On Thursday, Dhoni travelled 70 km from his hometown of Ranchi to visit a temple and offer prayers. He visits this particular shrine every time he is in his native Ranchi.
The last time the two sides met, India suffered a 4-0 reverse in Australia at the same time last year. 'Captain Cool' has come under immense pressure in the past 18 months and nothing but a series victory will satisfy the trigger-happy Indian fans.
The religious side of MS Dhoni has been showcased in this turbulent time. It is safe to assume that he prayed for a successful series, which begins on February 22 in Chennai.
Whether Dhoni's prayers will be answered on the field is another matter altogether.
Story first published on: Friday, 15 February 2013 00:09 IST