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IN Sports ON 13 Oct, 2015
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is possibly the only cricketing superstar who continually walks a thin line with love and hatred of fans on either side. And while at it, he also step a little here and there quite often too. His is a story of full of events that lie in the grey area and the consequences of dealing with them.
Since then he has shown some outstanding performances on the field on personal as well as team level. He is the one captain under whom India saw a maximum victory in all the formats. Yet he has also shown devastating performances often.
When Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar and practically all the seniors were criticised for the under-performance, that he came up as the new captain. Since then many seniors were dropped off the ODI tours which sparked agitation in fans and led to hatred. Also after 2011 World Cup win, many performing players were continually being dropped and speculations of his influence in BCCI rose.
He took over Test captaincy from Kumble in 2008, and led India to a series of victories, even making it to the top by defeating Australia, New Zealand and other giants. It all went wrong when the team took the tours overseas, that is where unforgivable performances were seen, that against teams as England. It went so downhill that he announced his retirement from test midway through the series, giving the command to Virat Kohli. He is still criticised for the performances.
He led CSK to victory in 2010 and 2011 IPL seasons, which had been in his captaincy since the first season. But what the point of discussion is that Indian international team has seen some biasing towards CSK players being given more preference. With his influence in the selection process was well being acknowledged, this trent went against to make him infamous.
He has consistently backed poorly performing players like Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma. Though Rohit Sharma has paid his debts off by performing every now and then, others have not kept his trust. Add to it his alleged role in removal of senior well-performing players, he has laid vast grounds for hatred to grow.
Yes, even his own personal performance has been diminishing lately and some of his on-field goof-ups have cost Indian cricket badly and foolishly, such as the match against Australia in which he refused 2-singles and India lost by 3-runs.