M. S. Dhoni As Skipper : Will It be The End or a Revival?

will-it-be-the-end-or-a-revMahendra Singh Dhoni was a name which came into prominence with his blistering performances in 2003 tri series between India A, Pakistan A and Kenya A where he scored two centuries. He stormed into the scene with a blistering knock as he scored a brilliant century against Pakistan in his fifth match which contributed India to win the match. His flamboyance, sheer power, extravagant stroke making has been the strengths of his batting. Dhoni has also been the most successful ever for the Indian team with a lot of accolades to his name. The Indian team under the leadership of Dhoni has been able to attain the positions of apex in the cricket world. The Indian team won the inaugural T20 world cup championship, reached at the top of the test ICC rankings for the first time and then the Indian team went on to win the One Day International World Cup under his captaincy. He has also been successful in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where his performances have been brilliant. The Chennai Super Kings has won the IPL thrice under his captaincy and is thus taken as one of the strongest contenders of the tournament.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was always regarded as not just a consistent cricket player, but one who could change the course of a match with his performances – at times inspired, at times fiery. But in the recent past very little seems to be clicking for the captain. The Indian team is facing a drought when it comes to winning matches at home and when we talk about away series, the situation isn’t any different. In the last 8 matches that the Indian cricket team has played abroad this year, the team has tasted defeat on all the 8 occasions. And in the home series as well the team has not been able to thump consistent victories. More to the point, the captaincy of Dhoni has not made any contribution which could help the team in winning and his batting performances have not helped either. The lucky touch seems to have deserted Dhoni. His technique for the longer format has come under a lot of criticism as he has not been able to perform fluently in contrast to his performances in the 50 over format. Dhoni’s performance in the 50 overs format has been very consistent and he averages 51.17 which is a very good average. But his record as a captain in tests has not been fruitful in the past 1 year or so. He has not tasted victory overseas for some time now and he is struggling to take his team through at home as well. It is for all to see that the captain has not been performing well both as a player and as a captain. The captaincy of Dhoni has also come under the microscope after the series of losses in tests. Questions are being raised and views have been voiced that Dhoni should be removed from the Test squad and the captaincy should be handed over to another player in the longer format.
With the retirement of the two most senior players in the form of Rahul Dravid and V. V. S. Laxman, the team has come under a lot of pressure especially with the master, Sachin Tendulkar, undergoing a lean run. It is obvious that Dhoni is facing difficulties in taking the team along in the winning direction. So will Dhoni leave his spot in the Test squad or will the selectors make an independent decision and leave him with no choice ? That remains to be seen. There is little doubt that if the lacklustre performance of Dhoni continues for some more time than it can be assumed that the Indian team is going to face a very stiff situation in the coming time. But perhaps 2013 will usher in a luckier period for Dhoni as well as the cricket team.


GOLDEN TIMES

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a name which came into prominence with his blistering performances in the 2003 Tri series between India A, Pakistan A and Kenya A where he scored two centuries. He stormed onto the scene with a blistering knock as he scored a brilliant century against Pakistan in his fifth match which contributed to India’s win. His flamboyance, sheer power, extravagant stroke making have been the strengths of his batting. Dhoni has also been the most successful captain for the Indian team with a lot of impressive achievements to his name. The Indian team under the leadership of Dhoni has been able to attain apex positions in the cricket world. The Indian team won the inaugural T20 World Cup Championship, reached the top of the Test ICC rankings for the first time and then the Indian team went on to win the One Day International World Cup under his captaincy. He has also been successful in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where his performances have been brilliant. The Chennai Super Kings has won the IPL thrice under his captaincy and is thus taken as one of the strongest contenders in the tournament.
His batting and wicket keeping skills have earned him a lot of appreciation from fans all across the world. He has been a consistent performer for the team in times of crisis and has got the team out of trouble on numerous occasions. His innings in the final of the ICC World Cup was one of the finest knocks of all times which contributed to India winning the tournament in 2011.


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