Saturday, October 18, 2008

Nice to see you again

There is a new Dhoni out there. One who is batting like the old Dhoni used to. Somehow, I'm not surprised. Captaincy does seem to do something to this man. I really never thought I'd see him play a hook for six in a test again. But he's done it, and actually looks to have some aggressive intent. Welcome back MSD. Why don't you stick around?


Blogger Straight Point said...

i am not surprised a bit samir

check out this link which i wrote on feb 2008

1:35 AM  
Blogger Srinivasarao Vundavalli said...

On a pitch like this Dhoni makes it big. But he has to prove himself by showing that he can play in any condition.

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1:49 AM  
Blogger Trideep said...


Captaincy definitely makes Dhoni a different player. He looks lot more involved with the game.

2:25 AM  
Blogger Cricket Guru said...

And what a shot it was!

Strangely there aren't many (or any) batsmen from the current lot who play the traditional hook shot - towards the fineleg.

3:52 AM  
Blogger Q said...

Give him the captaincy and he might as well stick around Sam.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Soulberry said...

It has been suggested that Dhoni thrives under responsibility. It has also been suggested that that smacks of a certain kind of amour propre. If responsibility keeps Dhoni cool, then I'll take the entire package and leave the complaints behind. The larger picture of a firm future middle order is more important.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

SP: Thanks for the link. Very prescient!

Srinivasarao: Welcome to the blog. No doubt; thats one of the reasons I was disappointed to see him not do well in Australia. Thanks for the link.

Q, Trideep: If he bats like this, and handles the spinners the way he has been, make him captain for the England series :)

Guru: I've been thinking of writing an article on that same topic myself. Your comment might just get me off my arse.

SB: No complaints about him buckling down; its just that when he did so, he appeared to be struggling. And I think thats the first time anyone has used "amour propre" on this blog. Sweet.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a fine innings and just what the team needed in that situation.

We are still to see if he can dig the team out of a hole when they 100/5 chasing 380. I think he can but perhaps India should let him play his natural game in all situations like Australia allowed Gilchrist to do.

Now the only question is; How to get Kumble to retire gracefully and immediately?

10:10 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Nesta: In that sort of situation, he'd do better to play his natural game, which is apt to put fielding sides on the defensive, rather than poking around.

As for Kumble's retirement, I have no idea :) I've given up trying to make predictions. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if he does well in Delhi and Nagpur.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Q said...

I have a strong feeling, and I have said it before, that Kumble will announce his retirement before the last test of this series.

1:10 AM  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...

samir - msd didn't even wait for the 17-18ball warm up ritual before playing his shots.

This guy's all about timing, and doesn't he know it. sure hones in on the zone at the right time. has to be more than a coincidence. has to be Zen master MSD.

"zyada tension nahin lene ka" that's mahi.

2:25 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Q: I doubt it, unless the injury forces his hand. But I think he will recover and come back for the last two tests. Given his comments earlier, I don't see him retiring any time soon. Lets see what he thinks now that Mishra is on the scene.

NC: I'm waiting to see how he handles the declaration and then the 4th and 5th day fields. Should be interesting stuff.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous raj said...

So, if I am captain, I will find something extra to give to the team. If not, I will hold back? Wow! What a team man!
So, what is the job of a Vice-Captain? Twiddle his thumbs hoping that the team will lose and you can replace the captain? If you are so talented at bringing the best out of the team, why not do it as Vice-Captain?Well, only a Rahul Dravid would be mug enough to do that sort of thing. Who wants to be known as a team man, eh? Only mugs like Rahul Dravid do it. Me, am Dhoni, new age cricketer. Street Smart, if you will. Only one person matters to me. Me.Dhoni. India win or lose, I should get a good name, and good endorsements. I should become captain. This bloody old man Anil is not retiring. What can I do? Why ofcourse let him do the mistakes. Not intervene.
Some one is saying, look at Aussie VC, Clarke: when Ponting and Lee feuded, he intervened and brokered truce. What a mug! He should learn from me - what I would have done. I am a small town boy not like this city-bred idiot like Clarke. I would have poisoned their minds against each other, made Aussie lose more matches and hasten Ponting's exit as captain. This idiot Clarke cant even think like that. Not many or smart like me, eh?

4:50 AM  
Blogger Q said...

Nice story Raj. I like your evil imagination.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Raj: A very interesting conspiracy theory.

Q: :)

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, anyone who prioritises a third rate ODI tournament over a Lanka test tour is a smart cookie. He knows that he would have been exposed on a Lanka tour. Instead, he made sure Dinesh and Parthiv are exposed.
He can continue to make hay in Indian pitches.
But if he becomes captain, he has to go to Lanka no? That is another 4 years away. By then he can average 35 using his Indian matches. One failure in Lanka tour will be tolerated. The man is cunning. If you guys cant see it, good luck

12:35 PM  

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