ICC World Twenty20: Chance for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to find his old self

first_imgThe chips were down, critics gunning for his head, but MS Dhoni hung in there and was back again with two back-to-back T20 series victory against Australia and Sri Lanka and a tremendous show in Asia Cup so far. After his Test retirement, Dhoni didn’t have much of cricket to play and looked rusty on his comeback, be it leading the side or batting down the order.Then the critics training their guns on him was quite palpable and knowing Dhoni he would have been least bothered. He waited for the right time. The tide started turning in Dhoni’s favour when he got a balanced side for the T20 series against Australia with a mix of experienced and young players. (MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli smash records as India enter Asia Cup final) After the series victories against Australia and Sri Lanka, the old Dhoni was back. He looked a different player leading the side by taking the right calls on the field. T20 is the format where Dhoni thrives and his approach in the format is unorthodox. Dhoni’s journey in T20 cricket started from the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 and he hasn’t looked back since then.The swirling talks of Dhoni quitting has been quelled as of now and would depend heavily on India’s performance in the upcoming Asia Cup and World Twenty20. The cool demeanour of Dhoni helps him in troubled times, be it on the field or off the field. Moreover, he keeps a distance from the media, which saves him from the added pressure of criticism. (India T20 unit look stable with all-round options, says MS Dhoni) advertisementThe approach for him as a captain in the T20 format is simple and for him the shortest format is a bit fickle in nature. Sometimes the moves made by him, either it is the bowling change or picking up the right XI works just fine on his day and at times it doesn’t. Simple.For Dhoni, in T20s, the opposition also doesn’t matter and it would be the momentum and consistency that will make the difference in big tournaments like World Twenty20.”It is one format where the difference between the opposition is not very big… It is not one team that has consistently won more World Cups than the others,” Dhoni had said.With the selectors having named Dhoni as captain till the World Twenty20, indicating towards a possible retirement. But the man himself has rubbished all these speculations. Maybe, Dhoni is optimistic of resurrecting his career, if at all India goes on to win the World Twenty20 title for the second time under his leadership.That could very well happen and forcing the selectors to do a rethink on Dhoni.last_img

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