Looking the way West Indies has performed, the score of 262 looked a mere total. No wonder why Virat Kohli was seen biting his nails in the dressing room, the crowd was roaring for runs to be scored, there were constant memes and rants on social media about Dhoni’s retirements. And he in his typical, isolated from everything, manner demanded to change his bat on the very last ball of the innings! Rishabh Pant came with some bats but, he was not satisfied. Thus, Kartik came running with another bat of a different brand, only MS has the power to switch brands in between, then what followed? A wayward Oshane Thomas’s ball was pulled and was sent 78-meters back into the crowd.
After that, people said he got fortunate, however, rarely they knew that he does not get lucky, he makes his own luck! He is a master of crunch situations and why do people forget that it is a bit bizarre.
People expect him to finish every match with a lusty blow. But how many matches has he actually ended with a six? Here are a few, take a look!
2005 Dambulla, Jermaine Lawson is dispatched out of the ground
This was the first of many. India required 10 runs off 14 overs and Rahul Dravid was controlling the game. Dravid scored a boundary of the first ball and rotated the strike for Dhoni to finish the innings. The last ball of the over was all it took Dhoni to end the innings.
2011 Wankhede Stadium(Mumbai), Numan Kulasekara sees the end of Lanka’s dream run.
Do we even need to tell about this? Just close your eyes and listen to this— “Dhoni finishes off in style, a magnificent strike into the crowd. India lifts the World Cup after 28 years. The party starts in the dressing room and it’s an Indian captain who has been magnificent at the night of the final.”
Huh! This gave goosebumps.
2013 Port of Spain, Shaminda Eranga is deported on the last ball
This was also a classic run chase. He found an able partner in Ishant Sharma, who scored 2 runs off 7 balls, for this match. The responsibility was on Shaminda Eranga to bowl the last over and save15. The first ball was a wide yorker outside Dhoni’s reach. Now, what happened in the next three balls? Dhoni scored 16 of the next three balls to finish the match with two balls to spare. Just normal MS Dhoni things.
He continues to play is all we can hope for. He is like a wine which is becoming better with his increasing age. Plus, he is a valuable asset for India and Kohli. Yes, the end is near but that end has to come with dignity. It is hard to see that people criticize the man who is behind today’s success of team India. Albeit, we Indians don’t realize the importance of something until we lose it; then be it Kohinoor or Tendulkar.