MAHENDRA SINGH OR RELAXING DHONI?

The Asia Cup fever is over and Mendis’s fear is the key. The focus has shifted from Karachi to Colombo. The Indian team, like a wounded tiger is licking its wounds and getting ready to go to the island of Lanka eager to take revenge. But, Dhoni the aggressor and, Dhoni the keeper is contemplating.

He is contemplating whether he should play real cricket or XBOX cricket? For real cricket he thinks he is pretty much exhausted and for XBOX cricket he has partners in Bollywood and one of them is his latest love with Shaheer Khan.

Dhoni prefers XBOX cricket with Bollywood stars rather than playing real cricket in Lanka

Dhoni prefers XBOX cricket with Bollywood stars rather than playing real cricket in Lanka

Just before the BCCI selectors are ready to pick India’s Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, the talk of the town is about the participation of Dhoni. Reportedly, Dhoni may not join the team for the Sri Lanka series and, while his own public statements have not cleared the air either way, the BCCI is not aware of any such decision from Dhoni. During the recent Asia Cup in Pakistan recently, Dhoni talked about fatigue as a result of back to back matches, the weather and also about too much cricket since the CB series in Australia followed by the 57 matches in the IPL in which Dhoni played till the end.

If Dhoni decides to stay back and play XBOC cricket, Dinesh Karthik will be wearing the gloves. Karthik may not be the ideal replacement for Dhoni because of Dhoni’s batting but, there is no one else, Prithiv Patel is not as good as Karthik. Its not the keeping behind the stumps thats a worry for Indian selectors at the moment. Its the bowling department especially the express bowlers.

Enough of keeping behind the wickets

Enough of keeping behind the wickets

Irfan Pathan and RP Singh are going through a bad patch. Sreesanth is definitely not fit and advised rest for another few weeks. Zaheer Khan’s fitness is also doubtful, if he gets in Irfan Pathan is likely to go out. Munaf Patel is a short race pony and he has his own problems. Ishant Sharma is the only bowler who is not only fit but he is the only one who took a few wickets in Australia. After his poor show in the IPL and Tri-Series he showed some sort of brilliance in the Asia Cup final. So, the fast bowling department is left for mediocre bowlers like Praveen Kumar and may be Joginder Sharma?

I am contemplating - whether to play or not play?

I am contemplating - whether to play or not play?

If India chooses 16 member squad, two spinners are likely to be in and they are the same old horses i.e. Kumble and Hajbhajan Singh. Will they include Ohja? Perhaps Chawla? Its hard to see either of them will get in. Because, India wants to fill in the playing XI with Gambhir, Jaffar, Tendulkar, Sehwag and Karthik because he is in place of Dhoni. The question is whether Raina or Yuvraj will get a chance in the test squad? I have my doubts. But, there is also no mention of Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman either.

I am not Mahendra Singh Dhoni, I am Relaxing Dhoni

I am not Mahendra Singh Dhoni, I am Relaxing Dhoni

So, the five batsmen highlighted above are definitely in the playing XI. The two spinners Kumble and Harbhajan and Ishant Sharma, that means 8 are definitely in. Who are the 3 others? There has to be 2 fast bowlers and one batsman. Its for you to decide now whom you want to chose. Because, in the next few hours from now India will announce the 16 member test squad for Sri Lanka.

This time I am gonna stump her from behind the stumps. Action, Camera, Lights.

This time I am gonna stump her from behind the stumps. Action, Camera, Lights.

Dhoni is not going to Lanka - Good time for me to be with him

Dhoni is not going to Lanka - Good time for me to be with him

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 8, 2008 - 5:38 AM

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni is always on the BIG screen. This time he decided to play hooky and even then he is in the limelight. Whatever he may decide to do during the break (play XBOX cricket or relax on the pool deck with the Bollywood beauties in polka dot yellow bikinis, of course they will be very happy to see him around in Mumbai) its his private life.

    By opting out he has created a vacuum in the team. Its not his replacement behind the stumps thats a worry, that will be filled in by Dinesh Karthik but, it is the void in the batting line up thats more worrying for the selectors. Dhoni was playing at number 6 lately and he was criticized because he was running out of partners so he decided to play up at number 3 or 4 and he did well. He is in such a good batting form that he can even open the innings and still surprise many.

    Kumble is likely to Captain the side with Tendulkar doing the backseat mothering but, there is no mention of the dependable Dravid – the so-called wall – or, the enigmatic Ganguly or the stylish Dr. V V S Laxman. I think if India will choose the inexperienced test players in the likes of Raina Beeti Jai, Yuvraj ko nindyaa na ayee then, Mendis and Murali will be on top of them and with such a poor fast bowling attack, Jayasuriya and Sangakara, even Jayawardene would be on top of them. Lets see what Amit.P, Pawan and Sakhti had to say?

  2. #2 by Q on July 8, 2008 - 5:50 AM

    More importantly, who will captain in ODIs if Dhoni’s not there?

  3. #3 by Sakthi on July 8, 2008 - 8:12 AM

    Javed

    Dhoni definitely needs rest as he is playing nonstop since he made his debut. It is not easy to keep wickets in hot and humid conditions. He not only kept wickets but also batted like a champion since he took over ODI captaincy from Dravid. According to me, he is not such a good test player. His average in test cricket also reflects the same. Let Karthik or Patel or Gosami keep wicket in test matches and Dhoni in ODIs.

    Kumble can handle captaincy as far as test cricket is concerned. He is a very smart cricketer. A lot depends on the big four. As far as bowling is concerned, Kumble and Bajji will play a big role as the pitches in Srilanka normally aids spin bowling.

  4. #4 by Awas on July 8, 2008 - 1:03 PM

    A good thread on Dhoni needing a deserved rest. No doubt there are better distractions (having looked at some of the pictures) in life than just cricket ;)-

    As expected, that arrogant git Yuv has been dropped from the test team and Rohit Sharma deservingly has been drafted in his place. Gauti too gets a recall after showing his consistency as an opener. Zaheer Khan comes back too after his long injury.

    Ponting expressed his concerns for test cricket’s future in an interview and had this to say.

    “A few 50-over games will make way for 20-over cricket but I’d hate to see it touch Test cricket,” he said.

    I totally agree with his above comment…test cricket should remain the premier contest. He also said:

    “Right at the moment, (Test cricket) is probably not in its healthiest state. I think it’s up to all of us to make sure that we’re putting on a good enough spectacle to bring crowds back to the game.”

    Ponting said finding the right formula for a Test tournament would be the biggest challenge. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, but I think the logistics of it is going to be the difficult thing,” he said. “What it does do, I guess, is make sure that every Test you play has a lot riding on it as far as points go.

  5. #5 by Amit. P on July 8, 2008 - 3:32 PM

    This guy need a rest …. specially after BCCI had cleared that players can opt for rest if they want to, but shudn’t criticize the “hectic” schedule. And look how he responded … is this another tussle between players and BCCI ?

    Indian test team simply need a good wicketkeeper who can keep kumble and bhajji well …. that should be the whole concern of the team now …. dhoni wont be missed as a batsman in tests. I wud like to go for parthiv patel … (yeah the same guy who cost sydney test back in 2004 with the help of buckner). Karthik is anything but a keeper … dont know why he always put in this category. In recent time parthiv has improved his keeping and batting in domestic circuit .. and in my view he is better than dhoni in front of wicket as far as test cricket is concerned.
    Abt odis .. well sehwag has given the job of vice-captaincy in tests … and in the absence of dhoni he will lead the team in odis.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 8, 2008 - 3:56 PM

    The following Indian squad is announced for the test series against Sri Lanka:
    Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Parthiv Patel (wk), Anil Kumble (capt), Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha.

    Rumours that Zaheer Khan has not fully recovered from his heel injury were circulating but, the selectors have chosen him and cleared the air. Hopefully he is fully fit because halfway through if he is sidelined then that would be a demoralizing effect on the team. RP Singh was not at his best, in fact Jayasuriya made him pretty ordinary in the Asia Cup final, but they selected him over Praveen Kumar is a good decision. He might simply get over with the past performances and bowl well again like he did in the UK last year. Besides he is a left hand bowler. What happened to Laxmipathy Balaji?

    Munaf Patel, I have nothing much to write about him, because he is a very moody player if he get wickets he is smiling and attacking otherwise he goes on abusing everyone with his B.C. word on every single ball thats thrashed to the fence. So, with the big guns included in the squad India looks pretty good on paper. The question I want to ask is, do they have enough match practice? Because, its been a big gap for them and haven’t played international cricket, especially test cricket.

    Its good that the selectors have decided to stick with the same ODI openers, Gambhir and Sehwag and dropped the out of form Jaffer. Dinesh Karthik can also open just in case if he is needed. So, its Relaxing Dhoni and not Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He will be pretty happy looking at his finances and making more contracts and contacts.

    To answer Q’s question, I think Sehwag will take up that role, unless they think Kumble can be very effective in the ODI matches as well then, in my opinion Kumble should remain as the captain for the ODI as well. That depends on the Sri Lankan pitches and the role these two senior Indian spinners have to play to counter the m&m effect.

  7. #7 by Amit. P on July 8, 2008 - 4:45 PM

    Javed,

    You can afford munaf in test matches, specially on sub-continent pitches were fast bowlers have little to do … he is lethargic in approach so he is better suited in tests than odis … at the same time captain’s job will get tougher to motivate him regularly. Kumble and bhajji are the reuglar choices so only 2 fast bowler’s birth are available …. one is filled by ishant ..and other in place of zahir they can go with either munaf or rp. Its all abt who is causing probs in net during practice session. I wud also like to see ojha bowling in SL in place of bhajji if later being ineffective during series. And yeah u r rite, apart from openers no body is in touch of cricket in recent times. But after all they are “legends” .. unlike others … they can and they must shift from nets to test matches rather smoothly, specially when the challenge is to play spin.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 8, 2008 - 5:49 PM

    Amit.P

    You are right that they are legends and must be able to shift gears more smoothly than others. But, the proof of the pudding is in eating. If they fail early then they would be adding a lot of pressure on others because a lot is expected from them after seeing what happened in the Asia Cup final.

    You are right about Prithiv Patel, he had an impressive 2006-07 first-class season, scoring 1103 runs in 13 games at 58.05 but, sometimes when he is needed to stand there and contribute, he lets his team down, this is my observation from the IPL. That is why I prefer Karthik. Anyways, the Indian batting on paper has great depth and a lot is expected from them, and translating those expectations is more important than anything else.

    Munaf Patel has an attitude problem, when he started his career at the recommendation of Tendulkar, he was very positive and humble. But, he became very arrogant in no time, like Ishant Sharma. I like RP’s attitude, he appears more humble than others but at the same time he is very serious, I don’t remember seeing him cursing to anyone. Even Zaheer and Irfan don’t curse, but Praveen Kumar, Munaf, Sreesanth, Ashish Nehra they all do. If they improve their attitude then they can bowl better. I am not discussing or ignoring the Pakistani bowler’s or players attitude here, because this thread is about India’s tour to Sri Lanka and Dhoni is relaxing and should he deserve this rest or not, can be debated.

    Sakhti,

    You have said that Dhoni is playing without a break since the CB series actually he is been playing even before that when Pakistan was in India last year, but so is everyone else. You can say that he is a wicketkeeper and its not an easy job. But, the fast bowlers can also say the same that they have to work much harder than the keeper.

    If you are a star or a celebrity then you can also be a privileged person like Dhoni. Gambhir and Sehwag despite doing a wonderful job cannot say we need a break, because they know that they are not Dhoni. Or, Ohja couldn’t have declared himself unavailable for this series, for him this is an opportunity to prove his worth and take the place of one of the spinners. Or, at least keep Chawla out of the contention for the next series. He may or may not be able to do that is another issue, but he cannot afford to say I need a break. I need some rest.

  9. #9 by Jehanzeb Khan Niazi on July 9, 2008 - 2:29 AM

    khansahab

    Who are you calling a bhangee? Seems like someone has annoyed you? if so when and where? you are referring to some other blog and as far as I can see pakspin is almost dead and there is no fun going there. Would you please care to tell us who this person is? Because last time I mentioned here about a blog that the guy write threads like daily bulletins but, I don’t remember seeing anything abusive to you. Hence, I am confused about who you are talking about? Anyway, whoever that guy is if he has said anything personal to you or your parents, you should simply ignore that idiot and don’t bring his trash on your blog. Because, it reflects upon his character, background and his parents so just let him fume and cry and you should not stoop to his level.

    About this thread, I think it is good to see that you guys are keeping the interest alive of not only Indian cricket fans but anyone who loves cricket would be interesting in knowing whats going on and the news about Dhoni staying behind is definitely the most talked about since Dhoni is a star. I like what Amit has said and also Javed Khan’s comment about the senior Indian players.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 9, 2008 - 3:31 AM

    LOL khansahab

    Don’t let that “icharra ka chooora” get on to your nerves. Why do you have to go to his dumping site? Let him be as happy and as comfortable in his own poop. You should never go there, I told you so many times not to go there! Like, I don’t give any sh!t to his site or even on PakSpin anymore. I don’t respond to him at all. I simply write a comment when KA writes a new thread and then I don’t bother after what the other insignificant beings have talked in their own ambiguous euphemism.

    Remember that guy ‘inhalemafumes’ he wanted to say something to you and chose a name which he thought is for you and actually he was burning from his rear in his own fire and emanating fumes. You should know that, the chooora often speaks with His Royal Euphemism to describe is predicament. You simply ignore that MF as Niazi suggested you should not stoop low to his level.

    Seems like pawan has taken a break and joined Dhoni, am I right? So are you pawan singh or relaxing? 🙂

  11. #11 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 9, 2008 - 3:48 AM

    khansahab’s comments have distracted me from writing about the interesting news that is for us Canadians. It is about the T20 tournament that will be played in Toronto, Canada between August 13-16

    Pakistan is sending a 15 member squad and the Chief Selector Salahuddin has told Khalid Khan the senior journalist in Pakistan that the PCB shall be sending Shahid Afridi in that squad despite all the rumours that are circulating about him.

    Reportedly, there were strong rumours that Malak Saab and Lawson were once again trying to keep him out of the squad for Toronto. But, Salahuddin has said that the team players are fully backing Afridi and they believe that he will soon return to form.

    Chor chori say jaye, Haira Phairy say na jai, Malak apnay Meesnay Pun say na jai. He is such a slimy, blithering, blather, blether and “digustipatingly” loathsome and vile character that he could be at the top among the top ten most hated people in the world. The funny bit is the top ones are women like Paris Hiton, Nancy Pelosi even Bush and Bin Laden are rated below them. So, Saboteur Malak bhee kisi aurat say kam nahee! He should have been in the women’s team. Waisay bhee he is such a Dhaan Paan and someone has rightly said, “he is a nazuk nahar, fart-ay zahr.” Does anyone know the meaning?

  12. #12 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 9, 2008 - 4:39 AM

    Everyone seems to be focusing on the Indian squad for Sri Lanka, the probables for the Indian team for the Champions Trophy has simultaneously been announced by the BCCI. But, no one seems to bat an eye lid on the omission of the big guns. Except for Sachin Tendulkar, neither Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman or Kumble has been included in the list of 30 odd probables for the Champions Trophy. And neither is Balaji or Munaf Patel.

    The fate of Champions Trophy to be played in Pakistan is still in dilemma owing to the recent bombings in Islamabad and Karachi. The bomb that went off in Islamabad was on the same day when the Asia Cup final was played and President Musharraf acknowledged and condemned the bombings. Whereas, the six small bombs that went off in Karachi were a day after the Asia Cup.

    The one in Islamabad mainly targeted the police force and it was a message or a reminder to the Lal Masjid debacle on its anniversary which has nothing to do with cricket. But, the small bombs that went off in Karachi was a kinda retaliation to President Musharaf’s assurance that there is chaos and instability in the country and Mr. President don’t you dare assume that you came to Karachi and think that it is peaceful here. Whatever it is, it is enough for the Australian, England and New Zealand team and their respective Boards to get put off and whine that the safety of their players is at stake.

    Hence the rumour is, the ICC may bow down to Australian and England pressure and move the CT tournament to either Sri Lanka or South Africa. In either case its not a good move for Pakistan and Pakistani fans who would miss this opportunity and would be extremely disappointed. Sri Lanka is not a heaven or a peaceful place, the Tamil Tigers and guerrillas often make a lot of noise and blast big bombs in Colombo and Kandy. If that happens it would be like, out of the frying pan into the fire.

    If South Africa gets a nod, there are a couple of questions to be asked. Whether the CT will start as per the plan schedule? And, whether Pakistan would be compensated financially for the loss of revenue? I doubt that will happen as the ICC will chicken out in this regard and will absolve itself from the media disputes and TV transmission rights.

  13. #13 by Awas on July 9, 2008 - 9:44 AM

    khansahab/Javed

    Like Jehanzeb Khan Niazi, others must be thoroughly confused as to which guy you are referring to. For the benefit of the other bloggers, that guy is an insignificant blog owner where basically no one else writes except he himself in different names like a Girgit but the dead giveaway is his repeatedly same grammatical errors. There is nothing wrong in someone’s English being less better than others but why pretend that you are different by using a different names but your writing style is a dead giveaway? He is fooling himself by pretending that his site is popular.

    Some people used to comment on his blog, like myself, khansahab, Javed, MY Kasim and Abdul but because of his attitude and intolerance to any criticism they have all left him. A couple of other blog owners seem to have started writing a few words on his blog which is basically a case of “you scratch my back, I scratch yours” by writing on each others blogs. Good luck to them as those blog owners have many other contributors but that particular guy has none and his comments are mostly vengeful.

    People who have left him, he either blocks their IP addresses (or he thinks he has) out of vengeance or he humiliates them in such a way that they don’t write there anymore.

    In that backdrop, he recently wrote a comment and used such derogatory and filthy words for some of the minorities of Pakistan in general and for a very decent Khansahab specifically that its simply appalling and shameful for a countryman to behave in such a way. This is what made khansahab retort in that way which is understandable.

    Astute blog owners like Q, Straightpoint, Scorpcity, etc who contribute there no doubt would have noticed that Abrar and Waqar who used such disgraceful words are just pseudonyms for that blog owner. Why would the blog owner have passed such comments otherwise? These gentlemen would soon realise that they are just wasting their time by commenting on his blog.

    As Javed said “why go on his dumping site”…lets move on.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 9, 2008 - 12:54 PM

    While Dhoni has thrown his gloves temporarily and his focus is elsewhere, Prithiv Patel, his replacement (the second wicketkeeper besides Dinesh Karthik) thinks that the lady luck is smiling at him, he would have never got a chance to play for India had Dhoni not pulled out and now Parthiv Patel has something to ponder about on how to cement his place in the team.

    Having played for India as the youngest test wicketkeeper at a tender age of 17 years and 5 odd months he became popular from that innings he played against the bowling of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami and scored 69 odd runs in the year 2003-04. Incidentally that was also the last year he played test cricket for India, because the moment he scored that, the media started to compare him with the all time greats and the baby started faltering his shots against Australia and then went back into his cradle once again. He is a good player of fast bowling but, very vulnerable against spin bowling. I am not sure how he would cope against the m&m duo.

    Although domestic performances are the basis of a player’s selection in the national side, but the pressure of international cricket is what that differentiates between men and boys. On a slightly different platform i.e., about sledging, when Steve Waugh came in to bat, Prithiv Patel was chirping from behind the stumps and he said something to his bowlers to get Steve Waugh. And Waugh didn’t like it and told him, “please show some respect towards me because, when I was playing my first test match, you must be crawling in your diapers then.”

    khansahab, being a student of law you must be knowing the meaning of the word “jettison” and I don’t need to say anything more than that. Follow the last three golden words of W.G. Grace.

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 9, 2008 - 1:03 PM

    Shoaib Malik to lead the T20 Quadrangular Cricket Championship starting next week.

    Check the URL below:

    http://www.dawn.com/2008/07/09/spt22.htm

  16. #16 by Amit. P on July 9, 2008 - 6:01 PM

    Javed,

    Actually i was sarcastic ab’t their “legend” status …. cudn’t conveyed my mess properly.
    I initially though dhoni opted out from both tests and odis .. and i was actually excited ab’t india playing under sehwag’s captaincy in odis. First reason was to see whether these guys are self motivated or just dhoni’s “dare-devils”. Second, the more important reason, was to induce extra motivation in dhoni’s approach after his return as odi captain probably in CT. But he is coming back for odis for sure. And what is yuvraj doing .. he shud take atleast 3-4 months of rest and have surgery of his knees. He is already late and can be seen limping on the field after couple of dives.
    Ab’t 30 probables …. i am not surprised, since dravid and ganguly are not featuring in odis for the last 3 series …. and inclusion of these guys wud have been embarrassing for themselves and their fans, since everybody knows they are not going to be in final 15. They shud announce their formal retirement from odis.

    Today i stumbled across a sports channel and they were talking abt SL tour … between that they talk to parthiv patel on phone and the host saba karim asked parthiv abt playing mendis … parthiv said he talked to murli on phone and wanted to know which kinda bowler mendis is .. off break .. legbreak what ? … murli replied him that even mendis himself doesnt know.
    Next question was “what mess do u want to give to murli since u both were teammates in IPL” (literally i was LMAO) … parthiv replied that he was picking his doosra on consistent basis .. so dont try to bowl doosra to him.
    It was one hilarious talk show.

    As javed said parthiv is not a good player of spin .. and murli will get him LBW out in his first couple of overs. His most important task is to not let any catch down. Better stick to that job buddy.

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 9, 2008 - 8:36 PM

    LOL Amit

    that must be one hilarious TV show, whats the name of that channel, is it NDTV? Anyways, its so stupid of Saba Karim to ask that question and even more stupid of Prithiv to reply in such a ludicrous manner. Since Ajantha Mendis is in Delhi DareDevil, Sehwag should also ask him a few nasty questions on a secret telephone call. I guess Sehwag after getting out on the second ball of Mendis must be thinking WTF why didn’t I play him in Delhi DareDevil side?

    Yeah, I was also wondering about the long list of 30 probables with only Sachin’s name they cannot dare to ignore. But, whats the point of naming 30 since you can only take 15-16 out of them. About Yuvi, he seems to be over weight to me and thats one of the reasons his knee is not getting right. Any knee injury requires weight loss and of course treatment and exercises but weight reduction is a must. He is not admitting that he has a problem but I have also observed that his fielding is not the same at all, in fact he cannot run. Earlier he used to be one of the best.

  18. #18 by Pawan on July 9, 2008 - 8:54 PM

    Batting for Dhoni —

    Dhoni has consitently provided that motivation to watch the India match without Sachin in it. For a 18-month streak that included 14 Tests, 56 ODIs, eight Twenty20 internationals, and a high-voltage IPL, Sachin’s availability has been intermittent to say it best. But this monster Dhoni has been extremely exciting during this period and has provided the entertaintment that Sachin provides.

    If someone told me to watch an Indian team match without Sachin in it, 3 years back, I would have shown him my midd*e finger and would have said fck off. It was impossible to see a match without Sachin in it, no wonders Dhoni is eating up Sachin’s quota in advertisements and endorsements also, proving my suspicion right that Dhoni is literally replacing Sachin. I would tag this monster as the ‘new Sachin’.

    I haven’t seen Dhoni being arrogant as perhaps Ganguly or as reticent and aloof as Dravid. Dhoni has definitely modeled himself on Sachin. Dhoni has the extra ability to get the best out of himself and his bowlers in pressure situations. Although he lost his last two finals, but there were different reasons for that. As opposed to Sachin, Dhoni is not known to panic, aka dada.

    Of course Dhoni lacks the technique of a Dravid, but then Dhoni carries that temperament, which saves him on many occasions. I am not trying to say that Dhoni is Dravid + Ganguly + Sachin, but he has provided the foundation for Indian cricket and to some extent has filled in the shoes of the big 3. Dhoni is the face of Indian cricket and nobody, even BCCI can dispute that.

    People have been disputing that why can a Dhoni take a break, but not Gambhir. But that is an unfair comparison because Dhoni has not only not donned a batters cap, but also a keepers and a captains cap. It is essentially a mental drain out when you captain a side. To go along with it, he has taken so many risks by virtually eliminating Dravid and Ganguly from the ODI fray, there by increasing more pressure on him to win. Physical burn-out is one thing, but mental burn out is also to be counted. A Gambhir or for that matter, any other player currently in Indian team surely is not even remotely burnt out mentally as much as Dhoni is.

    Just to give an example of the mental trauma this soul might have gone through — Imagine being in the test team on Australian tour of India this year and going through all those unnecessary distraction, only to stand as the Indian captain in the CB ODI series. Captaining against Australia in Australia is crippling for any captain. Sachin’s captaincy stint ended in Australia. But Dhoni not only captained in Australia, but also won the CB series. Just to remind people, the third team was Sri-Lanka on that occasion. The difference was there was no Mendis in that team. Which goes to show why Sri-Lanka won in the Asia cup final. The only difference that mattered was Mendis. Coming back to my point, Dhoni won the CB series, which can be attributed as a complete mental drain out for any person. To top that he had to don the captains hat again, this time for Chennai Superkings though. Being the highest payed player, he also had the responsibility and pressure to prove it right. Inspite of Shane’s brilliance, Dhoni took the final IPL match to a nail biting finish and that is the credibility of a man who has entered international cricket only 3 years back.

    Dhoni has all the right to opt out of a series because he has been the most humble servant of Indian cricket. Someone somewhere wrote that Dhoni could have opted out of Kitply and Asia cup, but that’s the greatness of this servant. He knew that his services would be needed to India in ODI’s as he wanted to continue with the young brigade that defeated Australia in CB series and he did pretty well. As far as tests in Sri-Lanka are concerned, he knows that along with the big 3, Laxman, Kumble and Harbhajan will be back. That team does not solely depend upon Dhoni. So he opted out. I think there is nothing wrong in opting out of the series and I completely back him on that front.

    Although I still think he could use Dravid and Ganguly in ODI team, though sparingly. I will try to comment on that soon…

  19. #19 by Awas on July 9, 2008 - 10:01 PM

    Pawan

    Excellent comment!

    Dhoni is fast becoming a role model…has wonderful amiable personality. I wouldn’t put him on the same mantle as Tendulkar and Dravid and even close to their class but his temperament is of such high standard that he easily overcomes his batting technique shortcomings by applying himself so well.

    It seems arrogance never went pass these three names that I mentioned. Isn’t that so refreshing to see that from such mega stars that they really are in India? The likes of Yuv take heed.

    Amit P.

    They are shrouding Mendis even more and more in mystery by making statements like that but he is definitely an exciting prospect. I think it would be a good strategy to induct Ganguly and Tendulkar in ODI’s against the two good Lankan spinners. In tests, these two along with Dravid are a must.

    Javed

    Would you be heading to Toronto to see some live T20 matches as it’s very rare for Pak team to be there?

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 9, 2008 - 10:23 PM

    Pawan

    There is one quality in Dhoni that makes him rise head and shoulders above Tendulkar and that is his leadership quality. Where Tendulkar backed out, Dhoni stood firm on his ground. This added responsibility of being a captain is not physical but mental. Even the physical labour, the wicketkeeper has to go through besides batting is immense, Sachin never went that far. Yes, Sachin’s strokes are more classy and Dhoni lacks in that aspect and uses force, I reiterate my earlier suggestion that during this break time he should take Golf lessons to improve his swings and his balance. He gets very off-balance when he hits and he gives a lot of knee jerk movements which is why he is more prone to get side strains.

    Dhoni, since he started getting sponsorship and making millions is a changed person now not that he became any arrogant but, he has learned to control his emotions and became sober. The reason is, he hired an image manager, a PR manager to teach him mannerism and skills on leadership and how to talk and present himself. No more peroxide locks and no more long hair, he is more towards sophistication and I think the sponsors also ask for these things. No more boasting of drinking 4 liter of milk everyday. He is no more a chubby baby, he has grownup into a matured man. Enough on Dhoni let him relax and do what he likes. After all every person needs some privacy and breathing space.

    Awas

    I would have gone to Toronto if Aloo was there 😉 aNo, I don’t think my business commitments would permit me to go there for 3-4 days. Besides, Toronto is not an hours drive but six hours drive, its not like Montreal – Ottawa just 90 minutes drive and you are there. Anyways, it depends if all my friends are going and if I can manage just for a day, take early morning flight and come back the same night, then I might consider it. Flights too, if you book early you can get a cheaper fare say under $200 return ticket but if you take one at the eleventh hour you pay $500 plus. So, I have to see if its worth it. Apart from Pakistan, West Indies is coming and I am not sure about the third team, is there any third team?

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 10, 2008 - 1:55 AM

    In one of my comments yesterday July 09, 2008, I wrote, rather asked a question: “whether Pakistan would be compensated financially for the loss of revenue?

    Today July 10, 2008 “The News” confirmed that Pakistan will demand for a substantial compensation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in case this September’s Champions Trophy is relocated from here because of security fears.

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=123232

    They should and why not?

  22. #22 by Amit. P on July 10, 2008 - 4:51 AM

    Awas,

    They have got their trump card in mendis …. remove him out then see they wont stand near this indian team. Infact in last 15 odis that india SL played … SL have won hardly 5 matches (correct me if i m wrong). Earlier i was expecting 1-0 or 2-0 victory for indian team but the whole equation has changed now .. and its more mental than anything else. And ganguly is not a good player of variety spin bowling …. murli always troubled him ..and in recent time he was hoggy’s bunny got him out around 4 times in the test series. But definitely he has better technique than these young guys and has ability to counter mendis rather easily.

    Javed,
    Both Saba and parthiv were light in making those statements .. but still it was one heavy statement. And pak shud get their fare share of compensation amount and i am sure no one deny that.

  23. #23 by Amit. P on July 10, 2008 - 4:54 AM

    And yeah the channel was neo sports javed.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 10, 2008 - 9:12 AM

    Amit

    I think it is once again too early to say that the whole equation has changed. Even if India cannot win in Sri Lanka, that is not likely to happen, but as a worst case scenario even if that happens, we should wait and see till the CT is over. If Mendis is unstoppable in the CT then I can say yes, he is the main architect who has changed the equation. So, hold your horses my friend and lets see how the little master plays against him? If he is physically fit he can adjust his mental strengths against any bowler and he must already be very cautious and must be watching his action. Whereas, Prithiv Patel is only pondering, contemplating and blabbering.

    You are right about Ganguly but there is Dravid, Laxman too in the team so its not easy for the Sri Lankans to break the wall and the defenses. If Mendis and Murali can do some damage, then Kumble and Harbhajan can also do the same.

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 11, 2008 - 4:21 AM

    In Hollywood “Tomorrow Never Dies” is James Bond flop movie. And, in Pakistan “Tomorrow Never Comes.” A promise is never fulfilled on time. It is similar to the famous Arabic expression, “Inshallah Bukra.” The Bukra or tomorrow never comes and when you remind the baddoo that the tomorrow is already a yesterday, he says, Ma’alish (never mind).

    Day before yesterday the PCB officials said, the 30 provisional squad for the CT shall be announced “tomorrow” and so far there is no news. Even Sri Lanka and Australia has announced their 30 provisional players. Although Pakistan is famous to produce express fast bowlers but, things in Pakistan moves at snail’s pace. Thanks to the bureaucratic system and the “Sifarishi Nizam,” senators and ministers must be calling DNA and the selectors to include their ‘tuttoo’ in the team.

  26. #26 by pradeep on August 21, 2009 - 3:40 AM

    dhoni the excellent player in ODI and TEST cricket and he is good captain in all forms of cricket including 2020

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