India’s captain MS Dhoni arrives in England as master of three disciplines.
Introducing, ladies and gentlemen, India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who turned 30 last Thursday. Since it evolved into three formats — first-class, 50-over and 20-over — cricket has never known such a winner.
Every team that Dhoni has touched has won gold. In all their history India had won a single serious trophy — the 1983 World Cup — before he became captain. Now their cupboard has been stuffed by the first cricketer to be world-class in three formats and three disciplines: batting, wicketkeeping and captaincy.
He is an elite athlete of charisma, a captain who brings the best out of all-time greats and juniors alike. The cricket that England played against Sri Lanka will not be sufficient: they have to revert to Ashes mode if they are going to defeat India in the Test series beginning at Lord’s on Thursday week.
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