The End of an Era

Interesting Feb 11, 2017

In a rather surprising move, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down as limited overs captain of the Indian cricket team, thereby drawing curtains to his glorious leadership career.
Dhoni, now 35, had already retired from Test cricket in 2014. He was one of India’s most successful captains across all formats, as evident by India reaching the number one ranking in the ICC Test, ODI and the T20 international rankings.
He helped India win the inaugural T20 World Cup back in 2007, with a nail biting win over Pakistan in the Final match of the tournament, at Johannesburg. Few have forgotten the gritty innings he played at the 2011 World Cup Final at Wankhede, where he scored a quick fire 91, and guided India to their first World Cup win in 28 years, in front of the home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. MSD was at it again in 2013, captaining India against a strong England side in the Champions Trophy Final, emerging as winners.
However, he will be available for selection for future ODIs and T20s.
The Indian team is going to miss his Captaincy, and no matter who takes up the Captaincy, there is only going to be one MSD. He will be remembered as “Captain Cool”, as he is fondly called by commentators and fans alike. He was known to make unconventional choices, and more often than not, he turned out to be right. He was not afraid to move away from the more regular field placements, and often placed fielders in positions most captains wouldn’t even consider. He had a knack of shining under pressure. In the 2007 World T20 Final, he had to choose from the rookie Joginder Sharma and the far more experienced, and the ‘safer bet’, Harbhajan Singh. Misbah had already torn apart Harbhajan in his previous over, and Dhoni chose to go with Joginder Sharma. The rest is history, as they say. He showed extreme confidence in himself, when he promoted himself over eventual Man-Of-The-Tournament winner, Yuvraj Singh, and playing an amazing knock to guide India to an infamous win. Apart from crucial on field decisions, he even took some very difficult off-field decisions, as dropping certain senior players for the benefit of the team. All in all, he gave a completely new meaning to Captaincy, setting a benchmark and inspiring future captains from all across the globe.
India’s Test skipper, Virat Kohli, is the frontrunner to take over the reigns from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and captain the Indian side in the two limited over formats. Since he’s been captained by MSD almost throughout his entire career,  India hopes that he will be able to live up to their expectations and take forward Dhoni’s legacy.

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