Playing it the Mahi Way

The Helicopter Shot Man


Captain Cool as he is known as, MS Dhoni has had a rough patch, but he is once again back to what he does best as he leads the Jharkhand team in the Vijay Hazare trophy.

Before making it to the India team Dhoni was employed by SER as a TTE from September 2001 till July 2004 in Kharagpur. Recently when he travelled on train, after long, he was seen clicking selfies with those onboard and having a jovial time.

Jharkhand take on Karnataka in a Group D fixture at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

2017 has not been a very good year for Mahi so far. In the recently concluded ODI and T20I series he played as only part of the eleven.

There are now also reports that he has been sacked as skipper of the IPL side Rising Pune Supergiants. There are others who say he has stepped down.

Supergiants as a team was seen as a force to reckon with given the kind of faces like
Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, R Ashwin and Steve Smith. They however finished seventh in their first season.

Supergiants won only five games out of 14. Under Dhoni, this was for the first time that his team didn’t make it to the IPL playoffs.

Dhoni losing his captaincy in the IPL  was least expected say experts quoted by media . Dhoni stepping down as ODI skipper was seen as due to emergence of Kohli as a candidate than the former’s dwindling record.

Reports hint at the fact there seemed to be a trust factor that did not work for Dhoni.  . He wanted West Indian all rounder Dwayne Bravo and New Zealander batsman Brendon McCullum on board but franchisee chose to ignore his advice in the last season.

Dhoni entered the scene in 2005.It was his super knock in Vishakhapatnam of 148 in 123 balls which got him the status of a classy youngster in the initial days.

By 2007, he was the captain of the Indian Twenty20 International side.

From here on the Indian One-Day International and Test captaincies, all the wins, the 2011 50-over World Cup trophy, sealed with a six, and the Champions Trophy 2013 title all added to his repertoire as a cricketer.

Dhoni’s arrival ended India’s long search for a wicket-keeper who could also bat.

Dhoni became a lone warrior of sorts for ODI. He became first captain in ODI history to record a century batting at No.7 in 2012, against Pakistan at Chennai when he scored a stunning 113 walking into the crease when India were 29 for 5.

In the Border-Gavaskar series in 2013, Dhoni became the first wicket-keeper to hit a double hundred in Tests when he smashed 224. Quite possibly one of the best knocks he played. He also is well acknowledged for being the first Indian wicket-keeper to complete 4,000 runs in Test cricket.

Dhoni successfully led India to the 2015 World Cup semifinal, where they lost against Australia. During the tournament, he became first Indian captain and third overall to win 100 ODI matches.

The eight back-to-back Test losses against England and Australia overseas put his image as a Test batsman and captain in question.

While many call this phase of MS Dhoni – the twilight years of the cricketer in the Genteman’s Game, only MSD knows how to play it the Mahi Way and he will always remain one of the coolest and finest the nation has ever had.


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