June 21, 2012

Indian cricket

Dhoni and the power of one

Carlyle Laurie

Anand Vasu, writing in Wisden India, discusses how India captain MS Dhoni’s success has inspired a generation of cricketers.

Jharkhand is a state known for its mineral riches, carved out of southern Bihar in 2000, had supplied an unusually high number of players to IPL teams. In all, seven players – MS Dhoni, Saurabh Tiwary, Varun Aaron, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ishank Jaggi, Rahul Shukla and Sunny Gupta – figured in playing elevens at one point or another, with varying degrees of success. A state that had never produced an India cricketer before Dhoni was now suddenly supplying a steady stream of players to a higher grade. Dhoni has played just four first-class matches for Jharkhand, and not once since he made it to the India team. That he has still inspired a generation of cricketers tells you about the power of one.

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