Dhoni calls it a day

MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI, the railway ticket checker from Ranchi who turned king, has accomplished his journey, signalling the tip of an period. The last goodbye was a very long time coming — but when he did say it, it left followers of sport a sentimental mush. It isn’t a surprise, too — Dhoni was the final word commoner who dominated the greens and hearts. He performed the sport with ardour, but remained the best man on the sphere at the same time as everybody else round him wilted beneath stress. He performed aggressively however by no means crossed the road —it’s nearly not possible to seek out misdemeanours in his title within the 15 years he performed worldwide cricket. The common outpouring of affection for him exhibits he had the respect and affection of his friends, on the sphere and off it.

Dhoni’s legacy is unquestionable: Definitely India’s best limited-overs captain, in all probability the best finisher in white-ball cricket, and an awesome captain in Test cricket. India gained three greatest ICC trophies beneath him, his mark evident on every triumph — the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 50-over World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. India turned the No. 1 Test workforce for the primary time beneath Dhoni in 2009. As a batsman, he began out as an aggressive strokeplayer who hit the ball extremely exhausting; he advanced into a really cerebral batsman who paced his innings completely in each format of the game. He was not essentially the most pure wicketkeeper however was lightning-fast and labored very exhausting on his expertise behind the wickets.

The sum of all that is that he turned a celebrity, a person who soared previous even the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid on the recognition charts. He was an advertiser’s dream, a dashing sports activities star with a mane of flowing hair which earned the admiration of even Pakistan’s head of state. Our greats up to now have bickered over captaincy. Dhoni, although a born chief, didn’t covet captaincy and gave it up of his personal will. He might have been a bit late in ending his profession, however the gulf he leaves gained’t be crammed.

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