As most of you know, I am not a big fan of M.S. Dhoni. I despise his batting technique but at the end of the day the results only count and Dhoni secures results. He has been a vital cog in the Indian batting line up and has scored runs consistently over the last 18 months. His captaincy also seems to lose the sting he had early on and he is too predictable. On captaincy, he still has a long way to go and am not surprised that he is not able to perform the same results over and over again. No captain can do that. No mortal.
But his new batting style baffles me. Though I despise his batting style, I have always admired the power he puts in his shots. The way he clubs a spinner some 40 rows back takes a lot of muscle power, and great hand-eye co-ordination. Dhoni, the batsman has excelled in the 50 over format but in the test arena, he had it tough going. Dhoni has always been a natural aggressor and curbing his natural instincts is inferring with his performance. He comes one down now and that wastes balls. Yesterday he had a strike rate of 45. What is he doing? Trying to save a test match? As a captain, I understands that he wants to play the role of a responsible captain. But why not let Raina manage this role? He would be a better person for the role while Dhoni can slog - something he is really good at. Why try to be someone you are not, Dhoni bhayia? Just look at Gayles and McCullum. They are captains too but they play their natural game and club the leather out of the ball.
Dhoni's captaincy is all and well and he has proved time and again that he has enormous leadership capability.
If he concentrates on his batting, the India will truly be a force to reckon with. We don't want a Mr. 47.82%, do we?