Friday, February 6, 2009

That's The Way Mahi Ve

They say leaders are of two kinds one who pushes and one who pulls but when you combine the best of both the combination becomes lethal. India's skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to be of that lethal make. The reason I say this is not because of the nine ODI wins that he has achieved in a row but the way he has overhauled the entire team when some of the seniors have gone out.

There was not too long ago when people felt when Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid retire Indian cricket will be in a huge crisis. With his Goliath like image Sachin seems irreplaceable. True he is but fans around the country are also asking a question why doesn't Sachin drop down in the ODI batting order? Why don't the left and right combination of Gambhir and Sehwag do the Shree Ganesh of Indian batting in the 50 over version of the game?

These questions are no way intended towards asking Sachin to retire but state that Indian cricket has a bright future. The leadership seems to be in safe pair of hands. In just five years our very own Mahi has not only settled at the highest level but seems to be in total control. He is taking Indian cricket to greater heights on the solid base provided by Sourav Ganguly for the first half of the decade.

To put it into perspective Sourav Ganguly trained the team hard and made it battle ready. Dhoni is fighting and winning the battles around the world. Nothing to take away from our beloved Dada but Dhoni in his present pace seems to be on track to take the team far ahead of what Ganguly did. Isn't it what Dada would love to see, the team reaching new heights in world cricket?

The most notable thing about Dhoni is his calmness on the field in spite of sitting on world crickets hottest chair. He seems to be ice cold at the same time so involved in the game. He also commands the respect of both senior players and as well as the juniors. It may be mentioned that it was Sachin Tendulkar who had suggested Dhoni's name for the top job. The best moments of Indian cricket seems to be knocking the door.


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