Dreams die hard, when it comes to Dhoni!


S. R. Suryanarayan


COLUMN

Bystander


Dhoni is hardly finished yet. There is the IPL next and the last one heard about him was that he was practicing hard with his Jharkand team colleagues!

These are days when one dare say it is the toughest to be in the boots of a person by name Mahendra Singh Dhoni! With speculations and opinions on retirement flying around like the very many short balls or bouncers he had faced across the 22-yard strip, Dhoni many would wonder would be having a torrid time. Does he have a peace of mind or freedom to move around without being constantly questioned even if politely?

For all we know, the batting cum wicket-keeping great must himself be only sporting his trademark smile and be oblivious of what is around. That perhaps is his trait. Dhoni of cricket vintage fame hardly wears emotions on the sleeve and that perhaps is one big quality that has made him what he is, a unique cricketer but with all the sensibilities of a dedicated player.

Who can forget his heroics with the bat. Not for nothing was he considered one of the greatest finishers. Just the 2011 world cup is enough to place him there high on the pedestal of fame. The famous six that sent Indian fans into rapturous delight is still fresh to cricket lovers for that one shot brought India its second world cup triumph, coming as it did after a gap of 28 years.

There have been so many more such great moments that decorate his illustrious cricketing career. Be it in the shorter versions of the game or the IPL matches, Dhoni has earned a special place in the hearts of his fans so much so like any legend, his entire heroics on the cricket field are etched in their memory.