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Dhoni had actually succumbed to a very first ball duck in Chittagong, and in the cruellest of manner– go out.
For much of the next decade-and-half, Dhoni subjected rivals to such miseries– from behind the stumps, with the bat, and as a wise captain of a highly effective team.
Three and half months after that forgettable launching, Dhoni revealed his arrival with a breath-taking 148 off 123 balls against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam.
He wielded the willow like a mace and his batting was less technique and more pyrotechnic.
He did not have the steely defence of a Rahul Dravid or the silken touch of a VVS Laxman but Dhoni made up with his muscular resourcefulness.
He converted the yorker into a scoring chance with his trademark helicopter shot, a culmination of violent convulsions involving his arm, wrists and upper body.
Dhoni composed his own keeping manual too, hardly moving hands sideways prior to collecting the ball and rather thrusting them down to pull off electric stumpings.
His most significant legacy, however, would be as Indias Captain Cool who was likewise one of one-day crickets biggest finishers.
Dhoni is the only captain to win all ICC trophies– T20 World Cup in 2007, 50-overs World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013. Under him, India also ended up being the leading ranked test country in 2009.
And he led a cricket-mad nation of 1.3 billion with ice in his veins.
” Its almost as if he does not have them; a performance-enhancing gift from birth,” Indias previous psychological conditioning coach Paddy Upton discussed Dhonis control over feeling in his narrative.
Dhonis penchant for taking motivating decisions was best highlighted in the tense final of the 2007 World Cup, when he famously asked an unheralded Joginder Sharma to bowl the final over in a tactical masterstroke versus Pakistan.
He also transformed himself into a powerful finisher, protecting Indias 2011 World Cup victory by striking a six in the last against Sri Lanka.
Age, nevertheless, appeared to catch up with him worldwide Cup in England last year.
Once regularly provided, he had a hard time to time the ball even against average attacks and stopped working to provide the late attack that he.
Those wild, flowing tresses that was as soon as a rage among the youths in rural India, have now been replaced by greying sideburns.
An enigma throughout his profession, Dhoni quit test cricket in the middle of Indias 2014 series in Australia.
On Saturday, he once again shocked an unsuspecting country, announcing his exit from global cricket with a cryptic Instagram message.
His fairy tale rise from Indias cricketing backwaters of Jharkhand sounds like a story right out of a Bollywood script. In reality, its the other way round.
Understood for his fondness for bikes and military tiredness, Dhonis excellent profession motivated a 2016 biopic “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” which was a roaring box office success.
Such has been his influence that follower Virat Kohli still thinks about Dhoni his captain.
” The world has actually seen accomplishments, Ive seen the individual. Thanks for everything skip. I tip my hat to you,” Kohli said on Twitter on Saturday.
Editing by Christian Radnedge
FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Indias Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a shot – Chennai, India– September 17, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The crestfallen search Mahendra Singh Dhonis face was beamed throughout the subcontinent as the then 23-year-old– his smooth black hair cascading on his broad shoulders– appeared gutted after a horrible worldwide launching in 2004.