In India when everything in cricket is taken so seriously, it is sad how some of the fans of the cricketers and people who worship cricket, sometimes it becomes a bit mellow dramatic when these fans for one day hate a cricketer and then the second day loves him like anything. This has been proved again and again, and recently we saw it happening again.
In the recent series that is going on between India and South Africa, when we lost T20 series all the blame was on the captain cool MSD, even when he is the most successful captain ever. We forgot that he is the one who was behind when India won the first ever T20 World Cup in 2007 and then he was the one who was behind when India won the ODI World Cup in 2011.
People started saying that he is finished and he should retire from cricket like the way he has taken retirement from the international test cricket, blamed his ability to perform, blamed his ability to score with a good strike rate, blamed him for not hitting hard, specially the famous helicopter shot, and last but not the least, blamed his ability to lead.
And then it happened again, the second ODI at Indore, when India was 126/7, captain cool Dhoni was the one who lead the team single handed and took India to a decent score of 247 with his unbeaten 92 of 86 balls with 4 sixes and 7 fours. His knock made the nation fall in love with him again, specially when he hit his 4th six on the last ball.
The total score might not have been enough to beat the in form SA side, but it was good enough to give them a good fight. None the less, this was one of the ways to answer all the critics and all the fans who once loved him. He emerged out victorious and that is how you make you worth feel.
Former Indian Skipper and batsman Sunil Gavaskar rightly said, backing up Dhoni, “It is unfortunate that he has been made a scapegoat. Nobody is raising questions against the performance of players like Shikhar (Dhawan), Suresh (Raina), Virat (Kohli), Binny (Stuart). Everyone seems to be ignoring the performance of the bowlers as well. The entire blame has been put on Dhoni. It is unfortunate.”