Dhoni's consistency rewarded

Updated: 08 August 2007 10:00 IST

The selectors had enough confidence in Mahendra Singh Dhoni to appoint him the captain for the World Cup in South Africa.

Dhoni's consistency rewarded

New Delhi:

He might have scored a duck in the only Twenty20 game India has played, but the selectors had enough confidence in Mahendra Singh Dhoni to appoint him the captain for the World Cup in South Africa.

From making his debut in 2004 with a duck in his first innings to being a household name, Dhoni has come a long way.

Dhoni's 183 not out vs Sri Lanka in 2005 in Jaipur is still the highest score by a wicket-keeper in one dayers.

Mahi, as he's called, announced his arrival on the international stage with a fabulous 148 against Pakistan in 2005 and there's been no looking back since then.

His idol might be Adam Gilchrist but one area in which Dhoni scores over his Australian counterpart is that he's a great finisher.

When India won 17 one dayers in a row while chasing, it was Dhoni who was often the difference between victory and defeat.

Dhoni averaged an incredible 211 in that 17 match winning streak proving his worth in the squad. His average of 46.97 from 76 one dayers is the highest among all the current Indian batsmen.

His current Test average isn't too bad either which at 34.26 after 19 games.

However, batting statistics is not what got Dhoni the job as the captain. He probably got the vote because of his ability to judge a situation.

That precisely why he can cut out the frills and get the job done like he did in the Lord's Test. His 76 not out in that game helped India hang on to a draw by one wicket.

His hair, his advertisements, his bikes have all catapulted him into the limelight as much as his flamboyant batting.

However, the 26-year-old hasn't let any of that go to his head, which means that the selectors hope that he will be just as level headed when it comes to leadership issues.

Topics : Cricket MS Dhoni Yuvraj Singh Suresh Raina
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