As much as I hate to say it, but it is a fact that M.S.Dhoni is no longer the player he once was. We all hoped that on him giving up the captaincy in all 3 formats of the game, we would get to see flashes of the ‘Old Dhoni’ once again.
Well..that clearly hasn’t happened
..the power’s gone
..the timing has left
The intent is still there..but is that good enough to keep going?
A lot was said after his innings (50 of 114 balls) against the W.I recently. Some blamed the pitch, while others said it was the shot execution. The whole team is to be blamed for the collective failure, no one player can be blamed for that loss, and definitely not MS Dhoni (for his dwindling ability of finishing games) there was a certain Pandya, Jadeja there in the line-up and don’t get me started with India’s brash captain Virat Kohli who contributed a measly 3 runs.
While Dhoni might play that once-in-a while good innings, overall he is a shadow of himself clearly showing that he is well into the sunset of his cricketing career. Whether Dhoni should continue or call it quits is something that will always be up for discussion.
Is India ready to let go of undoubtedly one of the best cricketing brains in Indian Cricket? Or do they wait till they groom their young wicket keeper (who for some reason they are very reluctant to give a game until now) Rishab Pant to take over the gloves, till then have Dhoni in the mix for the World Cup in 2019.
As an admirer of MS Dhoni, it is painful to see him struggle, innings after innings. Yes, he is still a magnificent limited-overs wicket keeper, a brilliant reader of the game, but it is the batting that is letting him down.
I say MS still has it in him to go the extra mile, while the intent is still there to get out on the field and give his best..he deserves to be in the Indian Cricket Team starting XI any day.
Can we have one last hurrah from Dhoni?