“On a cold January night, the news story broke. As I sip my coffee, Dhoni finishes off in style, one last time”
2017 seems to have got a crazy start for cricket as Mahendra Singh Dhoni announces stepping down from captaincy of the Indian ODI and T20 teams, clearing the way for Virat Kohli’s selection as captain across all three formats.
The biggest news becomes the unexpected decision of M.S. Dhoni. I think the timing has been splendid. The reason I say this is the selectors now will obviously go to Virat Kohli for becoming the next captain, and therefore, it gives Virat enough time till the Champions Trophy to lead in the limited overs cricket, because Virat has not done this for India so far. So, he has seen both sides of the picture, and has taken a very selfless decision. One more thing that I would like to mention here, as the experts say, he is not the guy who would hanker over power.
It is an end of an era for the Indian cricket. He gave us a memorable decade of international trophies including the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 World Cup which made every Indian proud. the Champions trophy, ranking number one in the test rankings, and many more. If there was one reason, I and many others, missed their work to watch every match from the very first ball to the last, it was the Man himself. His calmness, his attitude towards his teammates, his out of the box decisions, were all a treat to watch.
He is the most successful captain that the country has ever had, the player who has captained the most international matches. Mahi, Thank you for the two world cups. Thank you for the most number of victories as an Indian captain!
India produces a great Batman in each generation. First it was Gavaskar then came Sachin followed Kohli but we have never produced a true leader before Dhoni. I have envied other teams having great leaders like Steve Waugh who play their best when team needed the most. I am sure India will continue to produce quality batsman in future but I am not sure we will produce a player with leadership qualities of Dhoni.
If they ever tell my story let them say that I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI.
You’ll be majorly missed ‘Captain Cool’ ♥