Thala, when you perceive him on ground playing, great sense of respite, the perpetual flow of adrenaline, hopes to acquire victory, fear of his being the last WC, and bliss for the best 15 years of cricket and what not! Don’t these emotions all at once overwhelm you? For you witness the legend play live! On the very occasion of his 38th birthday, we establish those reasons which proved an abundance of things about Mahi!
Dhoni’s presence as an ex-captain, yes mind you when we say Dhoni because unbeatable, inevitable records on the field bring the confidence to the players and the audience.
Perpetually guiding and supervising the decisions! Who else do you cerebrate can fill his spot?
Communication with bowlers:
Dhoni is kenned to have great communication and relation with the bowlers on field. He’s often heard giving invaluable tips to the bowlers and surprisingly that results into a wicket the next ball.
He was heard suggesting Yadav, in the match against New Zealand to bowl wicket to wicket since Dhoni had judged the body language of the batsman, and he kenned he would play a defensive. Result? The very ball edged and landed in Rohit Sharma’s’ safe hands and saw the dismissal of Boult.
The Afghan-hat trick:
Next in the crucial match between India and Afghanistan, when at a point the situation was dubious, Dhoni told the bowler, Shami, hat-tricks are infrequent in WC. Deliver a Yorker length.
And? Rest is a history we all know that hat-trick ball.
The only match that India couldn’t triumph before the semi-finals, everyone kens, the hurting India v/s England:
The chase score was huge, and we had the number 1 finisher on the crease. But still, we couldn’t see the big, glamorous helicopters! Right!! The reason was Dhoni played in a very calculated way, he merely kept rotating the strike and didn’t risk big shots which could get his wicket, for he knew the match was infeasible to win and maintaining a better run-rate rather than getting out was much better. Later when his bruised and bleeding thumbs’ pictures leaked on the Internet, it did shut the mouths of the heartless upbraiders.
It was that one ball, just a matter of that one ball which saw the absence of the M.S. Dhoni. It was when he went into the dressing room and meanwhile Rishabh pant was offered to keep the wicket for that period, and soon a ball needed to be reviewed, Rishabh, conspicuously being inexperienced couldn’t decide to send it up for the review. Later it emerged that his not sending for the review cost India a wicket.
We have a truculent player and a great cricketer like Virat Kohli, don’t you think a combination with a cool and experienced all-rounder like M.S. Dhoni is ever irreplaceable match?
With semi-finals to be round the clock, and with the anticipation of winning “Ek Aur Baar”, Dhoni might be playing the WC last time. With teary eyes and great respect and heartfelt gratitude wish him the best of the birthdays.