DHONIfication of India !
Living a Dream !
Not even in his wildest dreams would Pan Singh have imagined about his son becoming the heartthrob of a nation obsessed with cricket ! The proud father’s eyes now would be imbue with gleaming pride for his son has attained the status of DEMI GOD ! Mahendra Singh Dhoni gatecrashed into Indian Cricket as a result of a successful initiative from BCCI named TRDW (Talent Resource Development Wing). Hailing from a nondescript town in Jharkhand, this lad who represented his school in football colors took a U turn and thus began his tryst with Cricket. Unavailability of a wicket keeper in his School team prompted the coach to rope in Dhoni as his hastily made replacement. The logic behind the move was as clear as a crystal. Since Dhoni was the custodian of the football team, he would be hand in glove with the Wicket Keeper’s job. When this offer was conveyed to him all he asked was “Chance milega kya?”. Opportunity came knocking on his door and he embraced it with glee. MS had to persistently keep an eye on the ball when he was a Goal keeper. This virtue stood him in good stead when he shifted gears and swapped places with Cricket.
From a nondescript Ranchi to the Cynosure of all eyes !
This lad who is now a World Cup winning captain has a striking similarity with the previous captain Kapil Dev. They both hail from small towns. The former from Jharkhand and the latter from Haryana. They both had to fight for their survival. All the odds were stacked against them initially, albeit their steadfastness prevailed and slowly all the odds turned even. They were famished for success and it drove them forward.
Gatecrashing into the Big scene !
Luck deserted him big time when he needed it the most. His first appearance in Indian colors saw him run out for nought! Nevertheless his century against Pakistan at Vishakapatnam saw the entire cricketing world stop and take up notice. His 148 off 128 balls was described by Ramiz Raja as ” He batted like a man possessed”. MS became the new poster boy of Indian Cricketing world when he burst into the scene and tore the reputation of a tottering Srilankan bowling attack into shreds. In a match where he scored a whopping 183 runs to guide India home, Marvan Attapattu underlined this fact. “It is really difficult to bowl to a guy who is bent upon hitting sixers or fours on every delivery” he told during the presentation ceremony. Wisden described the innings as CRUDE ! A swashbuckler was born. And the crowd expected MSD to launch into attacking mode right from the word go. Despite his ability to run rampage over the opposition he showed great temperament and patience in constructing his innings and ticking the score card. These measured innings from him have saved India from many spots of bother. Along with adulations , Dhoni saw criticism too coming his way. He along with the team was in the dock for mediocre performance in the tour of South Africa. His keeping too was under criticism from former Indian greats. The World Cup 2007 saw him hitting the nadir. He could not open his scoring in the first two matches and as a result India bid a premature good bye to the campaign. The aftermath of this insolent batting display was evident back home when a lunatic fringe attacked his under construction home in Ranchi. Throughout this period he had stints with the Number one spot in batting.
Reaching the helm !
An era begins.The reigns being transferred to him for the T20 World Cup instigated ire and surprise. Surpassing all expectations Indians won the tournament under his leadership. The CB SERIES down under brought the best out of him. The team trounced Aussies in the first two finals. The IPL phenomenon too has worked in his favor. An inspired Chennai Super Kings under his stewardship scaled great heights. They were the runner ups the first season. And the third season saw them becoming the champs. They nailed the Champions trophy the same year ! Coming into the world cup as favorites no one believed that India had the wherewithal to cross the last hurdle. Even though the batting was impenetrable , the bowling looked anemic. Zaheer khan at times waged a lone battle which went in futile. Despite not having the likes of Dale Steyns and Brett Lees he shrewdly managed his resources and made effective changes which reaped rich dividends. The statement from Sachin Tendulkar says it all . He went on to say that MSD is the best captain he has played under. His calm demeanor earned him the epithet CAPTAIN COOL. He never part ways with his sense of calmness. He is in the dark about abusive behavior. And by god, May this quality stay put with for eternity. The world cup finals saw him playing a Captain’s knock. Bent upon keeping the Right Left combination going , he promoted himself up the order , ahead of the in form Yuvi. When he walked down the cauldron the fact that he was riding on a lean patch of form deserted his mind. He kept the run rate ticking and came up with a gem of an innings. It was fitting to see him hoisting Kulasekara down the ground for a mammoth sixer to score the winning run. !
MSD’s tryst with the Brands !
Right from DEMOLITION MAN innings during his salad days , DHONI has been the apple of media’s eyes. The Big boys PEPSI wasted no time and whisked him away from their rivals. What followed was a deluge of endorsements. REEBOK, EXIDE, TVS, MYSORE SANDAL, ORIENT PSPO, NIKE, BRYLCREAM, BOOST , BIG BAZAR, AIRCEL, MICROMAX, PETER ENGLAND all made a bee line for Dhoni’s presence. With the World Cup victory under his belt his endorsements are all set to soar. With Rhiti sports as his new brand managers , he is all set to touch astronomical figures as his remuneration. The World Cup victory means its time for the nation to shower gifts on its heroes. A house or was that a property in Mussourie, One crore from BCCI , Two crores from the Delhi government, A promotion from the employers AIR INDIA, A lifetime free first class facility from Kingfisher …………………………. !! Dhoni has never had it soooooooo good !!
No plans to rest on his laurels !
He is right now basking in the limelight……. The cynosure of all eyes is MSD. His new bald look too manages to capture the imagination of a whole nation. When asked about what would he like to have in his cup board next , pat came the reply – ” I DONT MIND REPEATING EVERYTHING” He is not the one to rest on his laurels.. Beginning this friday he is all set for a new endeavor which goes by name IPL edition 4. All the best for him !!