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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Traces of Arrogance?



After India failed to win the third test against New Zealand at Wellington Dhoni said strange things in defending himself or his decisions. He said that extra 70-80 runs gave bowlers more scope to attack. This is contrary to common logic. The less the target the more confidence you show on your bowlers. Setting a humanly impossible target of over 600 runs makes the proceedings a mere ritual. The time you lose in that adds to the opposition’s resolve to save the match.

Dhoni again said that he expected to get the New Zealand batsmen out in 110-120 overs and so he did not bother much about the weather factor. How on earth could one expect the opposition to cave in as per his wish? You just cannot afford to be overconfident or complacent in a game of cricket.

And, these utterances from a captain who is replete with abundant positive vibes and undoubtedly the most successful one to lead Team India. Success leads to hype and hype leads to arrogance. And, this leads to a painful decline.

Arrogance is the last thing that cricket fans would want Dhoni to cultivate. His positive energy is doing wonders to a team that was used to play mostly safe and try to save or lose matches rather than trying to win. I have said earlier in one of my articles that MS Dhoni is something to be handled with care. His positive body language and attacking cricket should go on undeterred to take India to the top.
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