As much as Dhoni is blamed for India's early exit as a skipper (especially by me), I can't help but praise him about the decision he took yesterday. I know this a 'U - turn' of my stance against Dhoni, but Dhoni displayed leadership qualities yesterday that showed just why, he is the Indian skipper.
Yes, India lost yesterday, but it that is not the point I'm making here. Dhoni stuck with the same team that lost to England amid much speculations and criticism that the playing 11 was not the best. Yet Dhoni stood behind his players and backed them up to the hilt. A true character of a captain.
Sourav Ganguly showed the same quality when he was the captain and bought in Harbhajan Singh as the replacement for Kumble in 2001 against the Aussies amid resistance. This payed huge dividends as Harbhajan bowled India to victory in that series and also now is India's senior bowler.
I never doubted Dhoni as a leader. I only doubted his new evolved batting.
As the saying goes ...
Fear a lion leading 100 chickens than a chicken leading 100 lions.