Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an institution onto himself. From being one of India’s most successful captain of all times and an equally great batsman to being the mentor of a young team and leading them to victory in the World Cup (both T20 as well as one day international), he has literally got everything right about him.
As a very good batsman, he has performed in various batting orders – from opening a match to coming one down. But, a true team man that he is, he mostly chose to bat as a fifth or sixth man. Perhaps he could have scored a thousand more runs had he came to play early in the innings. However, it was his zeal to help the team win crucial matches, especially when the tail-under batsmen are struggling to keep apace with the opposition bowlers, that saw him caring more about the total runs on the board than putting more numbers against his name. Yes, he had been criticized tremendously for making such decisions but that’s Dhoni is all about!
A glimpse of Dhoni’s true grit as a cricketer was showcased yesterday as he led India’s way towards victory by giving a thunderous performance. By thunderous, we don’t necessarily mean a rain of fours and sixes but a show of being cool headed in pressure situations. The ex-skipper of the Indian team stamped a solid 45 off 68 balls, adding 100 runs to a winning eighth wicket partnership. He also guided Bhuvaneshwar Kumar throughout as they led India to a stunning 3-wicket victory.
India leads the five-match one-day series 2-0.
Regarded as “Captain Cool”, Dhoni’s heroic performance caught everyone’s attention, including BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s. To express his wonder and gratitude towards such a great performance by Dhoni, Swamy posted a heartwarming tweet. Have a look:
Last night I watched SL India 50 overs match. Dhoni once again proved, watching his play, his grit, patience&leadership, he is unbeatable
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) August 25, 2017
And we cannot help but simply agree with Dr. Swamy in unison. Truly, Mahi is an inspiration and an epitome of patience and leadership.