MS Dhoni: No man of steel, just a 'Superman' skipper!
This is not a case of lauding blindly after a remarkable triumph. <br><br>For those who have followed MS Dhoni and India under his leadership, it is clear that here is a man with enormous talent as a player, fantastic gut-instinct as a skipper and a tremendous ability to rise above all else to surface at the top. (Agency images)
For over six years, MS Dhoni has led the Indian cricket team in Tests - both at home and abroad. <br><br>For those who have followed Dhoni and India under his leadership, it is clear that here is a man with enormous talent as a player, fantastic gut-instinct as a skipper and a tremendous ability to rise above all else to surface at the top.<br><br>After his last Test - he announced retirement after the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne - here's taking a look at some of his unforgettable moments. (Agency images)
Under him, India tasted embarassing defeats in England and Australia earlier. There! Now that that is cleared away right at the start, here is taking a look at why MS Dhoni continues to be the most raved player, admired skipper and formidable for for the opposition.
Under MS Dhoni, the Indian team has won the World T20 trophy, the ODI World Cup and now, the Champions Trophy. <br><br>Take a look at his record with Chennai Super Kings too. The franchise has won twice, pretty much a sign that - figuratively of course - whatever Dhoni touches turns to gold.
Stats have a habit of becoming boring after a while. Why then bother about Dhoni's wins in Tests or ODIs.<br><br>In stead, just take a look at how he approached the game itself. There is nothing predictable about his style while orthodox approaches are often ditched for experimental ones.<br><br>That he has had the courage to throw caution to the wind (and critics) while defying cricketing logics shows why he has done what no one else - Indian or otherwise - could.
Whether it is about bowling himself, bringing on an expensive bowler at a crucial stage or putting in a slip on a flat track, Dhoni has surprised many. When things have not come off, questions and accusations have flown like arrows but when they have, the same arrows have turned to flowers in honour of a true master-class.
The Indian skipper may have gone from sporting long locks to a rather dull greying beard but whether he chooses to stay silent on controversies or not, his abilities on the field speak a lot louder than any words ever could.