India v Sri Lanka, World T20, final, Mirpur April 5, 2014

Dhoni shuts out off-field issues

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MS Dhoni is into his seventh year as India captain. It all started for him with the 2007 World T20, and for the first time after that, India are in the final of another edition of the tournament. In this time, Dhoni has seen "almost everything" there is to see in the game. He, as well as India, have been through on-field transition as well as off-field controversy.

The latter word just refuses to leave Indian cricket alone, and brings additional pressure with it. Somehow, Dhoni and his men have managed to win a Champions Trophy surrounded by IPL-related controversy, and could hold all three major limited-overs titles if they beat Sri Lanka on Sunday, again amid the grip of similar controversy. As he stood on the cusp of another major triumph, Dhoni said that through his tenure, he had tried to control what he could while trying to ignore anything beyond that domain.

"Over the years that I have been the captain I have seen almost everything," Dhoni said. "There is nothing really that I have not seen in cricket. We have Indian cricket perform at their best and at the same time we had to go through a lean patch where we had really tough times. Controversies are big part of Indian cricket and I have been through all it. There's hardly any good or bad in Indian cricket that happens without my name. We have to go through everything but the good thing is we have to concentrate on the process more.

"I know there are certain things that are in my control. I look to move in that direction rather than thinking or living a thought that's beyond my control and that has really helped me. It's been an interesting time, ups and downs. That's all it's all about - in international sport it doesn't matter which game you are playing. It has taught me a lot and it's still a learning curve for me and hopefully it will teach me many more in coming life after cricket."

When asked how his leadership had changed over these years, Dhoni said that was for watchers to judge, but added that he had tried to own up to his mistakes every time. "That's not really for me to decide because from outside, you can judge it better than me. Of course, I take it as a job and responsibility, I have been given the responsibility and I try to fulfill it to the best potential that I have got.

"At the same time, as an individual, you will make mistakes and as a captain. I feel it is very important that if you commit a mistake, you go out there and admit it because it won't always go your way because the captain, almost 98% of the time, decides on something but it is somebody else who has to fulfill the job. Ultimately, it depends on the person and how he responds to the situation. You try to be honest to yourself, you read the game and decide something. If it doesn't work, you stand up and take the responsibility because that's what your job needs you to do."

India have won three major finals under Dhoni, at the 2007 World T20, the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. Was it that he was able to step up his leadership when it came to ICC tournaments? Dhoni did not think so, preferring to give credit to his players instead.

"Not really. I think the players have responded really well. If you talk about this tournament, your spinners have come into action. They got a bit of purchase off the wicket and they made sure that they capitalised on that. That's what the team environment is all about.

"When the fast bowlers have conditions that are in favour of them, then they have to deliver and when it is not in favour of them, when you are playing on flat wickets but it has a bit of turn, then the spinners have to come into action and I felt in this tournament, the spinners have done a fantastic job.

"Depending on different games, all of them have contributed, even the part-timers, somebody like Suresh Raina has bowled really well whenever we have needed him. Overall it is a perfect team environment where somebody needs to do the job and there have been individuals who rose to the occasion and said I will be the person who will take the responsibility."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Snambidi on April 6, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a captain with a lot of Confidence in himself.& believes he could control the game with a view to achieving favourable Results to keep up the Prestige of his Motherland INDIA.

    He does not care for anything else other than Cricket especially Gossip to brand him as an inefficient Captain.He knows very well these are the acts of unscrupulous rivals with envy in his progressing to become one of the Best Captains of India. It is the duty & modest responsibility of every Indian to support him in every endeavor he is taking to win more & more Laurels for this Holy Nation.

    He is a Captain who takes responsibility in failures without putting them in the shoulders of other colleagues. This ,in fact,is the best Quality essential in any one who is entrusted with the task of leading the country to success without waiting for opportunity to devide&rule cricket. He deserves every praise for winning the Word Cup 2011,first version of T20 WC& the mini version Champ Trophy

  • on April 6, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    For a person.. who is not as naturally gifted in cricketing skills as some of his other counterparts, the impact he has had on Indian Cricket is unparallelled..

    He brings the sheer ruthlesness and agression with an amazing sense of calmness and composure.. U can see him as a guy who understands cricket, with a very good IQ nd someone who really has his plans for the team..

    Even during bad times, u clearly see thats its affecting him.. but he never lets the vision go..

    To Dhoni, one of the greatest captains to have played the game

  • vkumar_086 on April 5, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    True leader....both in winning or losing situations he never lose his cool....yesterdays match was true example....one of the best captains of the era....ponting's Tactics + Ganguly's aggression + Dravid's confidence = Dhoni.... from his comments, im clearly observed that he some what disturbed due to off field issues, its effect (positive) we are seeing on India's performance in this tournament, much more determined than before, he will bring one more cup to India on tomorrow....ATB Dhoni and TEAM INDIA....we are with you always

  • eshmak on April 5, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    If you need to succeed as a leader in India, you need to follow Nelson Mandela's quote. "Lead from the back - and let others believe they are in front". It's not easy but MSD does it with ease.

    Remember Ganguly's last day on the cricket field?. What about a gentle tap yesterday to let Kohli take the winning strike?. No one in the World would have thought what MSD did in that instance.

  • Y2G_87 on April 5, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Ganguly the Aggressor brought aggressive positive Attitude to team as captain, in addition he had an excellent senior team in form of Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Harbajan and Kumble which was reason for fiery contest between India and Australia in Australia

    Dravid the Wall brought calm resilience and confidence into team which helped team to chase any total.

    Dhoni the tactician is good at extracting talent from his team and he is very fortunate that he was able to use Aggression and Confidence which Ganguly and Dravid brought into team.

    Now the future, Kholi got groomed under Dhoni's captaincy and has positive aggression as Ganguly and is Confident and Composed as Dravid who can chase down any total and more importantly he is batsman who can play the role of Tendulkar in limited overs and test matches.

    This really makes me happy that India will be safe hands even in the future and quality of cricket will be always will keep increasing

  • on April 5, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    The best cricket captain ever... MSD took India to the level that they would never be in cricket.. he is the one who drove all those talent in to center line and brought all the glory which India maintained over last years... It's always nice to see he keeps himself calm while challenging all other cricketing nations...

  • Nampally on April 7, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    While I support all the Fans praising Dhoni , I feel that Dhoni as a "Cricketer" & Dhoni as a "Captain" are not always on the same page. Dhoni as a Cricketer is one of the finest WK/Batsman India has ever produced- comparable to flamboyant Engineer & aggressive Kunderan, before him. But as a Captain he had lot of holes in his armour. Most significant defects showed up in longer 5 day test format. His unbalanced XI selection was a huge question mark heavily tilted towards batting. So much so he goes into a 5 day Tests with just 3 specialist bowlers. He preferred All rounders to specialist bowlers. With his approach it is tough to get 20 wkts. to win the Tests. No wonder India was swept in England & Australia + lost in SA + drew in NZ. As the formats get shorter his deficiencies get hidden. His exclusion of Pujara & RH leg spinners have cost India a few ODI's. Even his batting order is "Iffy" as shown by India losing 2014 T20 WC- out of confidence Yuvraj ahead of dashing Raina!

  • on April 6, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    After loosing indians always feel the faults in their shining stars :P

  • avvinav on April 6, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    He has seen it all...lol!!!!....How about losing to srilanka in T20 final....He is yet to see his downfall and I am pretty sure he wont hv to wait too long for that.

  • on April 6, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    jagadaaku or whatever your name is.. I don't know from which country you are.. but you need to respect some players.. keep Dravid out of this..

  • Snambidi on April 6, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a captain with a lot of Confidence in himself.& believes he could control the game with a view to achieving favourable Results to keep up the Prestige of his Motherland INDIA.

    He does not care for anything else other than Cricket especially Gossip to brand him as an inefficient Captain.He knows very well these are the acts of unscrupulous rivals with envy in his progressing to become one of the Best Captains of India. It is the duty & modest responsibility of every Indian to support him in every endeavor he is taking to win more & more Laurels for this Holy Nation.

    He is a Captain who takes responsibility in failures without putting them in the shoulders of other colleagues. This ,in fact,is the best Quality essential in any one who is entrusted with the task of leading the country to success without waiting for opportunity to devide&rule cricket. He deserves every praise for winning the Word Cup 2011,first version of T20 WC& the mini version Champ Trophy

  • on April 6, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    For a person.. who is not as naturally gifted in cricketing skills as some of his other counterparts, the impact he has had on Indian Cricket is unparallelled..

    He brings the sheer ruthlesness and agression with an amazing sense of calmness and composure.. U can see him as a guy who understands cricket, with a very good IQ nd someone who really has his plans for the team..

    Even during bad times, u clearly see thats its affecting him.. but he never lets the vision go..

    To Dhoni, one of the greatest captains to have played the game

  • vkumar_086 on April 5, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    True leader....both in winning or losing situations he never lose his cool....yesterdays match was true example....one of the best captains of the era....ponting's Tactics + Ganguly's aggression + Dravid's confidence = Dhoni.... from his comments, im clearly observed that he some what disturbed due to off field issues, its effect (positive) we are seeing on India's performance in this tournament, much more determined than before, he will bring one more cup to India on tomorrow....ATB Dhoni and TEAM INDIA....we are with you always

  • eshmak on April 5, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    If you need to succeed as a leader in India, you need to follow Nelson Mandela's quote. "Lead from the back - and let others believe they are in front". It's not easy but MSD does it with ease.

    Remember Ganguly's last day on the cricket field?. What about a gentle tap yesterday to let Kohli take the winning strike?. No one in the World would have thought what MSD did in that instance.

  • Y2G_87 on April 5, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Ganguly the Aggressor brought aggressive positive Attitude to team as captain, in addition he had an excellent senior team in form of Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Harbajan and Kumble which was reason for fiery contest between India and Australia in Australia

    Dravid the Wall brought calm resilience and confidence into team which helped team to chase any total.

    Dhoni the tactician is good at extracting talent from his team and he is very fortunate that he was able to use Aggression and Confidence which Ganguly and Dravid brought into team.

    Now the future, Kholi got groomed under Dhoni's captaincy and has positive aggression as Ganguly and is Confident and Composed as Dravid who can chase down any total and more importantly he is batsman who can play the role of Tendulkar in limited overs and test matches.

    This really makes me happy that India will be safe hands even in the future and quality of cricket will be always will keep increasing

  • on April 5, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    The best cricket captain ever... MSD took India to the level that they would never be in cricket.. he is the one who drove all those talent in to center line and brought all the glory which India maintained over last years... It's always nice to see he keeps himself calm while challenging all other cricketing nations...

  • Nampally on April 7, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    While I support all the Fans praising Dhoni , I feel that Dhoni as a "Cricketer" & Dhoni as a "Captain" are not always on the same page. Dhoni as a Cricketer is one of the finest WK/Batsman India has ever produced- comparable to flamboyant Engineer & aggressive Kunderan, before him. But as a Captain he had lot of holes in his armour. Most significant defects showed up in longer 5 day test format. His unbalanced XI selection was a huge question mark heavily tilted towards batting. So much so he goes into a 5 day Tests with just 3 specialist bowlers. He preferred All rounders to specialist bowlers. With his approach it is tough to get 20 wkts. to win the Tests. No wonder India was swept in England & Australia + lost in SA + drew in NZ. As the formats get shorter his deficiencies get hidden. His exclusion of Pujara & RH leg spinners have cost India a few ODI's. Even his batting order is "Iffy" as shown by India losing 2014 T20 WC- out of confidence Yuvraj ahead of dashing Raina!

  • on April 6, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    After loosing indians always feel the faults in their shining stars :P

  • avvinav on April 6, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    He has seen it all...lol!!!!....How about losing to srilanka in T20 final....He is yet to see his downfall and I am pretty sure he wont hv to wait too long for that.

  • on April 6, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    jagadaaku or whatever your name is.. I don't know from which country you are.. but you need to respect some players.. keep Dravid out of this..

  • Jaggadaaku on April 6, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Hattrick??? My foot. Has he ever prepare for it? Why Rahane and Yuvraj still in the team? Dhavan and Binny are not in this tournament for sitting on the bench. What Dhoni himself doing in T20? His average strike rate is 115. Some bowlers have even better strike rate than this moderated strike rate. If some company does profit because of it's 45 employees are working really hard and 5 constantly doing bad. No company would hang with those 5 bad workers, no matter company is profiting every year. This was simple example. Yuvraj had his good days, but years ago. These days he is struggling like Canadian batsmen struggling against any team. Everyone see Yuvi's struggling performance against WI, then why he is in the team in this kind of major final? Ajinkya Rahane looks like Dravid, and his batting style is also like Dravid, and no matter how Dravid is a good batsman, but no one would favor to include Dravid in T20.

  • dmqi on April 6, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    How will all these comments parsing Dhoni will show on his decision to sit inform batsman Raina at bench sending out of form Yuvi to bat who scored at 55% strike rate wasting balls. If India looses yje final, all will say Dhoni made a poor decision. That is how cricket works, uncertain indeed.

  • Temuzin on April 6, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    MSD is by far Greatest captain India ever had. And he is one of the best world cricket ever had. Respect to MS. Go get the cup. We are all behind you.

  • on April 6, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    I wanna salute the selector who made dhoni as a captain of indian cricket team....good luck team india..

  • on April 6, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    ms dhoni is a lucky captain that he has to best batting line up in the world from last 3 years. his captaincy get check up when his team go abroad to play but the team never won any matches or titles by his captaincy in abroad. dhoni is not a great captain. he is great captain in Asian pitches only not abroad pitches.

  • on April 6, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    The honest truth is that MS Dhoni is by far the best captain in the world .

  • on April 6, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    dhoniis captain...he knoes his team dont create speuations..

  • on April 6, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    As a Pakistani I have great respect for MSD, he is a great captain and player, one of the best India have ever had, India is the best team in subcontinent but also don't forget that they won the 2007 T20cup and recent champion trophy outside Asia, but they don't preform well in individual series, on the other hand pakistan are the better side outside Asia but not in ICC events, Good luck to both India and Srilanka for the final from pakistan

  • on April 6, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    As a Pakistani I have great respect for MSD, he is one of the best captain India has had, things going on ourside the field don't seem to affect MSD no wonder he is called captain COOL, India is a good team in subcontinent but also thy won the 2007 T20cup and recent champion trophy outside Asia. Outside Asia pakistan is a better team because they play all their games outside now but pakistan record in ICC events isn't impressive as india's, Good luck to India and Srilanka for the final

  • on April 6, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    India- unbeaten till The World T20 Finals!

    and will be Unbeaten for the Finals to India!!!

    Go for it India!!!

    #bleedblue!

  • MARK_Mithu on April 6, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Rain in Dhaka!!!!!! Might not be 20-20 over!!!!!

  • on April 6, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    dhoni the real hero ... world will remember you ... sakib al hasan ... from Bangladesh

  • cr1ck3t on April 6, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    I really enjoy watching this man in action; having seen his name under different controversies didn't help me. This guy deserves this title. India should be proud having him as a leader.

    I really hope India win this title for the sake of Dhoni's hard work.

    On the other hand Sanga is retiring from this format and want him to leave with something big.

    It should be a good contest. May the best team win.

    #Respect from Pakistan

  • on April 6, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    With every great success there comes a great criticism

  • on April 6, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Good Luck Sri Lanka Today. Come on Milinga and Jayaverdhney

  • Badmash_Molvi on April 6, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Dhoni, undoubtedly is the best captain in recent times. Even with the limited bowling talent on the bench, he knows how to turn the tides into his favor. I salute him for his captaincy, and wish India best of luck for their match with SriLanka. From, Pakistan :)

  • Harmony111 on April 6, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    @rishabh_unplugged:

    <<<<<<I do not see how everybody fails to see all the blunders that he's making on the pitch. Winning or losing is not what matters, what matters is the decisions that you make. All the people going over the moon about Dhoni's captaincy are completely result oriented.>>>>>>>

    1. And what blunders has he made? His reading of the game is deeper than us. Thus he takes decisions that may baffle us. Doesn't mean they are blunders or even mistakes. That said, he is human too, so not beyond faults.

    2. Truth is, winning or Losing is what really matters.

    3. The world is result oriented. Do you want to keep working the entire month and want no salary or would you rather prefer to get your salary even without needing to work hard?

  • ramz30380 on April 6, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    MSD - the best captain by a mile - T20 WC 2007 win was with a bunch of youngsters, the WC 2011 was a mix of the younger and older brood, the Champions Trophy 2013 was with a new looking team & this WC T20, is the team tht he belived and groomed in spite of many cricket lovers and past cricketers asking for the head of a few players.....

    MSD is an instictive captain - works best for him! India's best by a mile! His calm and composed demeanor helps in getting the team together and no matter wht he never lets the outside pressure affect his bunch of boys on the field!

    Hats off to u - even while walking alongside legends, you still held ur forte and scripted ur own place in history! We love you and will stand by you thru thick and thin!!!! I think any true Indian cricket lover should do the same!

  • on April 6, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Attitude of dhoni in field is what make him best captain ,his confidence and variations in different departments are very good that's why i'll choose him as a captain of today's world eleven . very very best of indians for todays game. Your team deserves world T20 title..

  • rishabh_unplugged on April 6, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    I do not see how everybody fails to see all the blunders that he's making on the pitch. Winning or losing is not what matters, what matters is the decisions that you make. All the people going over the moon about Dhoni's captaincy are completely result oriented. His captaincy is horrific on most occasions but coz India goes on to win because of the immensely talented team that we possess, everybody credits him for doing absolutely nothing. Kohli is a much better tactician and his captaincy in the Asia Cup was a 10 on 10. Hope that the mantle passes over to him soon and I can start watching the India matches again without ripping my hair off.

  • on April 6, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    I am so happy to see so many Pakistan Brothers are saluting dhoni . thanks a lott. lets this cricket bring peace among our Brothers and sisters from both countries . we dont Need war , we Need more cricket n love between each other . lets live in peace n harmony...respect n love to all Pakistan cricket fans from an Indian fan

  • moizkhan036 on April 6, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    he is pretty cool on and off the field

  • on April 6, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    No point in blaming this man for India's defeat overseas...All players were responsible for that...and lets admit...India did not have any kind of skilful bowlers like Steyn or Morkel...still they managed to draw atleast 2 test matches...which I think was an achievement considering the inexperience of this team...and the bowlers ....they are not yet "test" class to perform consistently overseas...at home..fine...it will take quite some time to see an experienced, skilful and balanced attack...till then..its the same old story..no point in blaming the captain...

  • Snambidi on April 6, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    We the earnest fans of the Glorious game of Cricket wish every success in his efforts to win yet another cup in a period of just3 years. We hope we would get the right to congratulate him again on winning this World T20 Cup 2014

  • on April 6, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    I commend Dhoni for his leadership skills. India is lucky indeed since this Indian team is not as strong as the one 7 or 8 years ago. The batting is not as good though still very good but Dhoni knows how to use his bowlers effectively which is a monumental feat since they don't have a great bowling lineup when compared to the other South Asian teams

  • mjrvasu on April 6, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    MSD has truly reflected what life is all about, not just cricket. Yes one has to control what is within his control, but no point in worrying about things that are beyond one's control. This is true realization, and that is what makes him a good leader. Results apart, I think he has also won the hearts of millions of fans all over the world. Salute!

  • on April 6, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Indian team is very talented and has the potential to beat any team as we have seen in Wt20. Dohni is a good captain.

  • on April 6, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    All the best wishes to India Team, hats off MSD & Co

  • on April 6, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Dhoni has evolved as Captain, he started with a very good team which included long established players like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, Gambhir, Zaheer and Harbhajan. All these players are legends in their own right, Dhoni had a very good start with all these players. His leading skills have been tested with the exit of these players, where the team has gone through tough times specially in Test matches in England, Australia and NZ. At times his tactics have come into question, where he has let the game drift and turned a winning situation into a losing one, the latest examples are in SA and NZ. At times he has overlooked the deserving players and stuck with out of form players resulting in poor team performance. India is doing well at the moment hence people tend to forget all the recent blunders on and off the field.

    However, Dhoni seems to have learnt from his mistakes and shown a definite improvement in his decision making. The real test will come when India tour UK in July

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on April 6, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    MS Dhoni is easily the best limited overs captain India has ever had (or perhaps will ever have), but as a test captain he's been effective only in India. For the record, his (test) captaincy record outside India reads 6-12, out of which 2 were against Bangladesh- hardly earth shattering stuff. He's been more responsible than anyone else for India's overseas woes in the last 6 months with his ultra-defensive approach.

  • iamgroot on April 6, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    It is ridiculous and callousness on some people to think that it was luck that played part in victories that came under Dhoni.. When the indian team performs on the field it is hard work , skill , talent and pressure that come into play. A game of chess is being played on the cricket field with players sweating out. To call that hard work , consistency as luck is very harsh and disgusting. AS an indian captain and a brilliant leader he tasted both success and defeat with same poise. If people are ready to blame him for the overseas defeats..then you should give credit to Dhoni for all the trophies too. Success and failure belong to team. It is ridiculous to just blame Dhoni for failures and give credit to others who just want to do thrash talk. Same indian team played in Asia cup last month and we all know what happened. SL won it. Indian team missed Dhoni. Virat is learning still and sure will do better in future. Till then, Dhoni will remain greatest and best but not flawless.

  • on April 6, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    No doubt Dhoni is the coolest person on the planet and the most successful captain in currently all forms of cricket..........He's the reason that Indian team's every player is performing well and producing extra-ordinary talents bcz of the boost and confidence provided by the captain.....I am the biggest fan of Pakistani team but I already prepared my mind that the time when DHONI will be replace as a captain then I can see any winning matches of Pak vs India...

  • on April 6, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy is terrific .. Delightful Handling Of No-nonsense Individual as far as cricket is concerned. In the last 7 years, during his captaincy, numerous things have happened in Indian cricket and he he always focused on one goal .. Performance beyond perfection which brought the Trophies to India. In todays WC final, he only needs to balance beginning and end bowling options well to do this. All the best to Master Stroke Dhoni !!!!!

  • on April 6, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Even if India win the finals, how can everything be all right? In subcontinent conditions with spinners and non pact wickets, things look rosy. In July the tour of England is coming up. If India fail, will everyone go for Dhonis head? Need a balanced approach. Tests have to be tackled separately. Still feel we needed a different setup and team and staff for tests. If MSD is so good then he should be the same in even alien conditions. So in reality India is back to comfort zones and comfort formats. Under ganguly and Dhoni but with wright and Kirsten, India did well overseas. So we need that success plus the shorter format success. And if really interested in matching what great teams have done, India should focus on building infrastructure, groom allrounders, good pace bowlers, more spinners, etc. yes with what we have Dhoni is the best but want India to totally dominate cricket.

  • on April 6, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Taking no credit away from Dhoni, still his biggest test awaits him on Jul 9th, 1st test England. We were the favorites for this tourney anyways with pitches turning square. Personally I believe even if Suresh Raina was captain, the results wouldn't have been much different.

  • Naseer on April 6, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    There is no doubt that Dhoni has been a great and brave captain for India, and has done exceedingly well specially in home and home like conditions, his record abroad is not that much good but still commendable, because he won T20 worlcup and ChamTrophy away from home. But we also have to admit that not only he but entire indian cricket benefited greatly from IPL, he has got people in the team who go through very high voltage games, and pressure cooked situations in IPL, where they mentally and skill wise become very strong to face any situation in international matches, and also they select best players from IPL, therefore they are always favorite before a tournament starts, to become a great captain it is also very important to have some powerful impact players across all formats and Dhoni is very lucky to have such versatile players in the team, you do not need to teach Kohli how to build the inning and how to finish it. it is the luxury that no other captain have in their teams.

  • Y2G_87 on April 6, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    @inswing: As a captain you got to be bit aggressive when required.

    In sub-continental pitches if a captain can use inform spinner completely within first 12 overs and another match using him when and while required had great impact on results. It is not that the entire bowling unit and batting unit fails overseas but you need to take calculated risk. Few of the decissions which Dhoni during test matches against NZ and SA this year once had great impact on the results.

    A captain always has a chance to bring in paradigm and new groom team with new tatics, even can have a say on how a bowler need to bowl or a batsman to bat, still what else a captain requires.

    But when all players including fail to deliver than even god can't do much :)

  • yoohoo on April 6, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    @spinkingkk - the length of the ground on the leg-side for left handers was very small (only 58m). So, bowling left arm spin, or leg spin to left armers like duminy was asking to be hit for six. That is the reason he bowled raina more, and i think it worked, since 160+ is par-score on that wicket, and they only made 172, which was chaseable.

  • Sooraj4cricket on April 6, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Brilliant captain and an astute thinker, MSD has been the lead reason for India's shining in the past few years. His ability to remain calm under pressure is scary and the sangfroid he shows on-field is unparalleled. His true greatness lies in his man management skills and his enigmatic ability to bring the best out of his troupe. Maybe his captaincy stole the thunder out of his keeping and batting prowess; because the composure he shows is not only limited to his leadership; but with the willow in hand too. Arguably the best finisher in limited overs cricket today. They say that a true leader is someone who does not try to come up in ranks himself, but makes his people come up in front. If that is the case then MSD will definitely be ranked very high among such men...

  • HDG1978 on April 6, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    I have been oe of the harshest critic of MSD more bcoz of the coterie that he seems to promote in Team India. But today on the day of another ICC final featuring India, being a hardcore Indian cricket fan, want India to win under MSD. SL has broken Indian hearts many a times since 1997. WC 2011 was just one step in that direction. Its payback time again.Hope and pray that India wins.

  • on April 6, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Dhoni should be rated as one of the best captains of all time. The best captain i could remember in my memories is Imran Khan. He was a role model for the players and i believe that captaining a side is not only the tactics, field settings and decisions made by the captain but also the way the captain should perform. Dhoni has done that always. He eas definitely out of form in 2011WC and when India lost scahin, sewagh and Kohli, he stepped up and saved the team and won the trophy for them. Imran Khan used to do the same by coming up the order during tough stages and perform for the team. That is the confidence of a captain. The players feels secured under Imran and Dhoni, they have huge trust in their captain. Let the 2014T20 WC be another feather to his cap. Best of Luck Team India

  • on April 6, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    very happy to see these comments on msd. happy for Mahi nd co

  • Johnny_129 on April 6, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    If you think about it, Dhoni has done well with this young team. India did struggle in the transition phase - But now they seem to be heading in the right direction with Dhoni at the helm. A lot of teams struggle for very long periods after a transition (eg. WI) but India has recovered fairly quickly. And if you think about it, the ODI WC win was achieved with mainly the younger generation - There was no Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly or Kumble with Gambhir who was part of the new generation - Only Tendulkar, Sehwag, Zak and Bhajji were from the pre-Dhoni era. This team knows how to win big games!!

  • on April 6, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    Dhoni yet to prove himself as captain and a batsman in tests outside the sub-continent which is perhaps the most challenging assignment as a captain.

  • spinkingKK on April 6, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Dhoni is the best Limited overs captain in the world at the moment. It is his ability to keep calm even when the situation is getting worse which makes him peculiar. But, I still believe he is not a good Test captain. But, that is irrelevant at this moment. I have always maintained that as a player Dhoni is very very good in all the formats. One thing in his captaincy in the semi-final I didn't like was the fact that Jadeja only bowled 2 overs for 8 runs whilst Raina and Mishra consistently leaked runs but still finished their quota. We are not talking about this because India won. But, I do know his reason was because there were two left handers batting and he doesn't want to give the bowling to the left armer. Because, one over could change things really bad. But, didn't India ended up under bowling their second best bowler in the match? I just have to think that Dhoni is the master and he knew what he was doing.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on April 6, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    as like aussies and poms doesnot care about odi matches, indians doesnt care about test matches at any place. So result of test series not having any effect on fletcher.

  • srinideva on April 6, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    MSD is a master of Indian cricket. He is not just a Captain. he is a Leader. LEGEND

  • on April 6, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    Before Dhoni comes into India team, India really needed a good keeper and good finisher . We luckily found both in one man who nothing but MSD. As he oppinted as captain so many people has no idea whether he can manage all the seniors ( Fab 4) or not.Finially he proved all the doubts and became a perfectionist.

    Best of luck India and Dhoni......

  • on April 6, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    ganguli brought aggression, dravid brought confidence, and dhoni brought trophies.. ;)

  • on April 6, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    The semifinal match with Safaris endorsed the confidence that they are champions as chasing team with Srilanks. If they need to bat first, much pressure will be on Aswin and Amit. As many of their batsmen are good hitters, good bowling and flawless fielding can bring the trophy into their camp. All the best.

  • on April 6, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    without Dhoni and Kohli India can't even think about winning! this proves you need class players and sloggers to win t20s.

  • wpbus13 on April 6, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    Until he wins outside of the subcontinent consistently, only then will I consider him great! At the same time, he is without doubt the best T20 captain currently amongst the test playing nations.

  • CurrentPresident on April 6, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    Not to take anything from his achievements, Dhoni's true test of greatness would be the 2015 world cup in Aus - NZ.

  • Ms.Cricket on April 6, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    I get the feeling that should India win the final tonight MD Dhoni will quit as captain. I hope he doesn't resign, he is the best India have had.

  • Vishal_07 on April 5, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    MSD is the perfect captain for an Indian side which is always under tremendous pressure by its fab - but only for limited overs internationals (One Days and T20s). I don't think he should be a captain in Test. Unfortunately, the Indian Test team has lots of fresh players at the moment and other than Kohli nobody is ready to take the reins yet!

  • Haleos on April 5, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    Hope our fast bowlers perform on helpful wickets. Our fast bowling is the worst. We have one express bowler who is rarely selected n tht is yadav.

  • Crick_Expert on April 5, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    Hope a good game will be on Sunday. INDIA should bat first to put pressure on SL team on big final match. I never saw a lucky person like DHONI. -a fan from Pakistan.

  • ProdigyA on April 5, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    I have watching Dhoni closely and can say that he is easily the best limited edition captain ever...but the thing I really liked about Dhoni in this series is that he was constantly talking to his bowlers and has been willing to change the team if there is s need, which is not Dhoni did earlier. That is most impressive.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP04 on April 5, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    @Giri Jagannathan, we still do. whats ur problem. we still think he is not aggressive in test cricket as a captain. he is best in the world as odi n t20 captain.

  • on April 5, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    Good luck to MS and all Indians :)

  • Herath-UK on April 5, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    He is a great captain & probably the best India have produced considering the No of global trophies & wins he has collected. Why he stands out most is his humble & respectable demeanour & has never heard of criticizing an opponent abusively.He is a good example to the Indian young crop. Hope he will continue to lead the great side for long years (though don't want him to win over Sri Lanka today!).

  • on April 5, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    dhoni u win this world cup and continue wininig ininings

  • Dragonboyz on April 5, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    I think people comes to know the real value of Dhoni after he retired or step down. I think no captain have to undergo these much introspection everytime. Since he is not speaking his mind in press all media has started taking advantage of him and start bashing his credibility. I think other country players and fans know the value of Dhoni than Indian fans. Yes he is lagging in Tests but same happened to Clarke but look at the Australian team now it is deadly. In South Africa and New Zealand our batting was good but our bowling lacked bite. If 2 decent fast bowlers come into the mould India can challenge outside the subcontinent

  • jb633 on April 5, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    @sampathi, a good cricketer but not even the best in the Indian side. Pretty poor record as a test match captain and poor ODI and T20 record in conditions that are unfamiliar to him. Better than Bradman or Sobers? Please get a perspective, just because India are winning a tournament in Asian conditions does not mean this side is superhuman. It is actually the fans that put too much pressure on India and expect too much from them. Don't be surprised if the same fans are the one's who who hammering them during that tour of NZ. Please just let India play their cricket without the exaggerated praise or criticism.

  • on April 5, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    Can INDIA win other than subcontinent & WC2015 in Australia after the current one?. Sourav Gangulay himself is positive and negative to the team never a best captain. Kohli is wonderful performer but i didn't like his captaincy, who can captain INDIA after MSD?

  • on April 5, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Big fan of MSD and i pray that he lift t20 worldcup..India got a great capitan and i proudly say no other captain did what he is doing currently

  • on April 5, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    I'm a great fan of dada and always thought that Dhoni is what he is for this Luck only...But day by day this feeling sinking and the only reason is Dhoni's performance.. Surely dada had done so many good things to indian cricket but that does not mean that we deprive dhoni from the credit what he deserve! I cant believe I'm saying this "Dhoni is one of the best Captain of India".

  • Alexk400 on April 5, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    I seriously do not like dhoni as player or captain. That said indians will know dhoni's effect once he retired from cricket. He united divided india. There was no south and north division in indian team when he was in charge. There was no regional bias. He only wanted people who can win it for him. He wanted winners and hard workers. He is more like person who understood western way of playing. To play to win. He is a incredible leader i have seen in any sports. Being captain of divided india is not easy job. You have to have to use kids glove and super thick skin. Your every move analysed and critiqued by billion people. Bottomline is this , he wins more than he loses. So why i did not like dhoni as player or captain. Its more to with Test captaincy. He is still the best ODI player and T20 player india ever produced without a question. In TEST he has no influence because his contribution is next to nothing , zero. Yet he wanted the test captain job. Pathetic.

  • on April 5, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    India have been blessed to have a leader like Dhoni. All the big triumphs have came under brilliant batters, young hard working fielders, lean bowling resources, and above all, with Dhoni's magic. He is arguably the best captain in the world. He still need some work when it comes to test captaincy overseas but I feel that due to the mindset, his team fails. Being a Pakistani supporter, it is disheartening to see how our players can't take a leaf out of India's group. Anyway, Salute to a great tactician.

  • Alexk400 on April 5, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    Dhoni is best man manager and leader ever produced. But tactically poor captain. His actions always to protect his job more than go for victory. His refusal to change team combination in 8-0 TEST loss was telling one. He was only interested in keeping job as TEST captain. But he is more pro active in ODI because he can change the outcome of match on his own. In Test he has to rely on others to win the game. But when others failed to deliver , he did not replace them. He waited for them to mess up so he can keep the job forever. Kinda pathetic test captain. Brilliant ODI captain. If there is one greatest skill you wish for, it has to be LUCKY. Dhoni has truckloads of luck. His cricketing skills are weak and kinda even looks ugly. Wicket keeping to his batting all below average but his sheer luck , he makes it count. He is not even average captain but he super brilliant leader!.

  • Hardy1 on April 5, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    Wow, I've never read such an in-depth & earnest interview from Dhoni. Fantastic player & captain in limited overs cricket. Over the last few years he's been the one constant while the likes of Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Harbhajan & Zak have moved on or been in & out of the team. Kumble & Ganguly also went under his captaincy so he has clearly overseen a transition period in Indian cricket & for the most part done it very well.

    The obvious criticism is in Tests & he has been very good at home apart from the England blip but the away form has regressed if anything since Duncan Fletcher came in. It must be said that even the away form was very good whilst Kirsten was there & I think the main problem was the downfall of Zak when it comes to this. Right now there's no one in the team who compares with Dhoni's seniority (Yuvraj is the only one but isn't really a leader) & it's going to be a big decision selecting the next captain of India.

  • on April 5, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    One thing is for sure: if India win on Sunday, they are undoubtedly going to be the best team in the world. No further questions asked. To hold the ODI World Cup, T20I World Cup and the Champions Trophy at the SAME TIME is basically a treble. No one can point out weaknesses because these guys deliver when it matters most. Home or away venues be damned! In a World Cup format, conditions are the least of a team's problems. Being unbeaten against six different teams in a 15-day time period is nothing short of amazing.

  • on April 5, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Dhone is just a lucky person… Its like india chasing 500 target, with sachin scoring 150 and got out, Azhar scoring 100 and got out, gangly scoring 100 and got out, dravid scoring 100 and got out, Yuvraj scoring 44 and got out, then came dhoni and hit a six and won the match.. and People think its Dhoni who made India win with that six… Thats what happening… He is a smart chap…Top youngsters in hot form and Aided to India wins.. And Dhoni took the credit… World cups are happening in Sub-continents, Lucky he… 2011 was India had last oversea test win Courtesy- RAHUL DRAVID… Dhoni is just a lucky chap.. even if you had made Ishant Sharma as captain he would have brought India the similar caliber..

  • on April 5, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    u rock MSD. Rrrrrrealy undoubtedly da best captain in da world india has evr produced...

  • Farooqafridi on April 5, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Gulz & Guyzzzz, i am Pakistani but still i love Dhoni and he is my favorite player. He is one of the Talented person in the world and just because of his talent India qualify for the Final.

  • on April 5, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Its our duty to support MSD whenever our team is down. We got a big match tomorrow. Hope it will be in our way. This great man has achieved almost everything. Lets hope he will add another feather on India's crown. Keep calm and support MSD :)

  • on April 5, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    MSD is a captain who extracts maximum out of the team....Give him one very good fast bowler or a gud fast bowling allrounder in overseas tests...i bet he can turn the fortunes around...MSD have achieved almost everything in his career...Hope INDIA wins the final vs srilanka to bring back all the marvels of captain fantastic...:D

  • satchander on April 5, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    As expected, one good T20 tournament and Dhoni is again being hailed as the best captain ! I agree he is a good ODI and T20 captain, but we need to win Test matches abroad as well which Ganguly started and even Dravid / Kumble continued. We need a different captain for Tests - definitely not Dhoni.

  • inswing on April 5, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Dhoni is a mediocre captain. His captaincy has very little to do with great performances by India in the subcontinent. He also has little to do with repeated terrible performances overseas, loss after loss after loss. A good captain suddenly does not become a bad captain as soon as you board a plane. Essentially, all India results are controlled by the bowlers. In the subcontinent the bowlers are effective, even the part times do well. Overseas none of the bowlers are effective. Captain's role is completely overrated.

  • on April 5, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    MSD is di best captain in Cricket hestry...from pakistan recpt MS dhoni

  • on April 5, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    It is not right to expect any team of win every match they play. For all the resources he has got since he took up captaincy, he has done remarkable things. We have bowlers who roar or lay flat. The bowling has been heartening, but there's still a long way to go. Defending the WC in 2015 will be one of his biggest challenges, and if he manages to win it in Aus/NZ, he would have done something to be really proud of knowing how badly our team has performed abroad.

  • iamgroot on April 5, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Dhoni...is not just a fantastic captain..but he is a LEADER.. as an indian fan for nearly 20 years I can safely say that he is the BEST captain and greatest captain India ever had without a doubt. Whether it is humility, frankness or his excellence in batting for ODIs and T20s.. With so much cricket being played, it is really astonishing that he plays almost every game without break. And when he does take a break, Indian team suffers just like how we witnessed the recently concluded Asia cup. Indian team needs Dhoni. 3 Big ICC tournaments under Dhoni captaincy. 2007 T20 world cup in SOUTH AFRICA.. 2011 World cup in INDIA.. and then Champions trophy in England.. and then you have CB series win in AUSTRALIA.. these were excellent trophies in different countries. It takes lot of hard work , mental strength and determination to succeed at international level. Unfortunately in india people think shouting is aggression but Dhoni proved that aggression can be shown differently with results..

  • kc69 on April 5, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Dhoni is a natural leader I agree he is not perfect in everything but still you need to show some faith in him.After all he is the captain not the entire team where complete failures are blamed on him.Based on this article there can be this caption "M S Dhoni-Silencing critics since 2007".

  • barryrichardsfan on April 5, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    India has been lucky to have two of the best leaders of all times in the past decade or so. Kumble and Dravid also did justice to the most demanding of jobs in international sports. But the magnitude of legacies created by Ganguly and Dhoni is huge. Amid all the controversies surrounding Dhoni these days, I have a strong belief that he has played it clean all the way as he does on the field. Easily comes amongst the most mentally toughest cricketers of all time.

  • on April 5, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Excellent insight into the great but humble skipper. We can all learn from him.

  • on April 5, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    In comparison to other Indian captains, I consider Dhoni has been a better one, reason being how he has handled pressure and pulled off some many chases himself, by playing according to the situations. But, we cannot solely judge him by the results of the games because his success depends 10 others in the game. People praise him when they of well and same ones, want him to step down if don't perform. Indians and Srilankans are always on their top when they play in subcontinent and we call them "great talents". But, the same talented ones look mediocre when they play overseas and the results speak for itself. Indian players has a whole need to improve their skills to play well in all conditions. That is where coach, captain and BCCI have to do something that improves the quality of Indian cricket. Cheers!

  • on April 5, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    So Proud that he is from my state the great thing about him very calm no big talk against any team all the years which he played even before any final never talk anything about apposition he is simply doing his best to win it that's all Hats Off to him.

  • on April 5, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Ms Dhoni is a calm and collected captain. He is a genuine leader. He is prepared to own his mistakes and improve on them which makes such a great leader, I think one of the best in the game so far. Other Captains should learn from him regarding his personality and character. He hardly brags about himself, a true gentleman on and off the field. I say Go India for the final, SL are a good team as well and I hope to see some cracking cricket

  • on April 5, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    One thinks that if Dhoni wasn't destined to play cricket, he would have done well in any career that he chose. His attitude and sense of his resources and surroundings is amazing. India need to look for someone who can replace him soon because he won't be around for much longer. Unfortunately, not sure if Kohli is the man because of his temperament. Anyone like to conjecture on Dhoni's replacement as the Indian captain?

  • on April 5, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Dhoni is without a doubt india's most successful captain...and definitely the best finisher we have ever see. A shame that his oversea's test record is such a disappointment but you cant have it all unfortunately. In all fairness he hasn't been blessed with a great fast bowling stock. If only....

    All the best to MS and team India. Bring it home boys. Lets hold all 4 of our major trophies at once.

  • on April 5, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Salute Dhoni....India's greatest cricketer till date....

  • on April 5, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Lets play well outside Asian subcontinent then we deserve to be said excellent team. Cricket is becoming a most predictable game... the country hosting the game is 99% going to win the battle.

    Authorities needs to revisit this serious issue... People around the world are loosing interest from the game..

  • on April 5, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    i think dhoni is a great odi and t-20 captain but not test he still has to prove on foreign pitches which saurav gangluly did for test matches he was a better test captain

  • on April 5, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    When we are judging Dhoni here in this tourney, definitely conditions have a big say. Dhoni seems to be a good captain on a turning pitch where we have good spinners to be really successful under any captain

  • likeSL on April 5, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    D't forgot SL win India in warm up game & beat India in Asia cup. Keep in mind India failed from last December in all tours...

  • on April 5, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    The best thing about MSD is that he leads from the front, I have never seen him out of form in the limited overs ,whether its abroad or in India, He has pulled of many impossible chases , I must emphasize the word MANY. & also he rescued the team from MANY collapses to a good score ,sometimes to a huge one. Nobody can come close not even the great Steve Waugh. Even though I am a fan of Sourav Ganguly ,I must admit that his batting form was awful while he captained. I strongly believe that MSD is the best limited overs captain ever (not in tests) & also the best finisher ever.

  • seemandhra on April 5, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    india is lucky to have such a good captain

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    MSD is by far the best Captain India ever had and I am sure with his proven skills and leadership India will lift the WT20 Trophy on Sunday with ease! All de very best to MSD and Team India!

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    dhoni is the best captain. calm head and a good finisher. he has already acheived what other have not. world cups, CT, no1 test ranking and another shot at 2nd t20 title. people should also support him when he fails. you cant win all games everywhere. also he is not the only one playing so at times i feel people do come harsh on him when india loses a game or two or few outside asia. what else once can expect from him. india's sucess has been because of him. he is the lucky charm for india and hardly does anything wrong.

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Dhoni is a real leader. Once he taken captaincy he was more responsible in all situation. He is not a good stroke player.But he proved he is also a best and dangerous batsmen.one thing I noticed dhoni's keeping was fantastic as a keeper.(Note: For this keeper mistake india loses 2 matches in Asia cup.) I am sure india will win this world cup , because dhoni will do always best in those situation.

  • ofcourse on April 5, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Wow, so many great comments on MS. Wonder what would have been the sentiment a month back. we really have a very short memory and one great series win erases all memories of low points.

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Peak performers are physically relaxed and mentally engaged. MSD is one among them!

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    In NZ they were asking him to step down...memory is short and skewed

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    @kalpesh patel because u have to.. i accept the fact that india lost 8-0. But it was the time when three legends are at the verge of ending their carrer. So when three important players didnt perform well then how could u blame the captain and coach.. see the results in SA and NZ . Ofcourse we lost . But it is a far better loss than what we had in Aus and Eng. And in the past two years kohli has evoved lik anything else in the world.. Do u think as a coach Duncan has nothing to do with it ??? you should give him some credit too.. Just wait and watch. If this team sticks well then this will be the powerful team in two to three years time... give these young lads some time yaar..

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    the biggest plus about dhoni is that he never takes the credit and gives the credit to his players. his contribution in bringing calm is the biggest ingredient of success

  • vsroc on April 5, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (April 5,2014) It is nice to read the subject article wherein India Captain M.S.Dhoni accepts the ownership of responsibility.This brings out his excellent leadership style which has gone through various phases in cricket domain.

  • vxttemp on April 5, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    I'm big fan of Imran as well as Cronje when it comes to captaincy. Dada is also a gutsy captaincy(Remember how he played in Brisbane 2004 test). But Dhoni is just one step above these guys. After all the criticism he faced through out 2011 wc and people questioning his batting in the entire cup, Yuvraj in prime form, he moved himself ahead of Dhoni considering Murali and SL attack - That is captaincy. Imagine what would have happened if it had back fired and the criticism from Indians.

  • drabhibds on April 5, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    I think this match will require all the tactical skills of Dhoni. Lets consider the facts... 1. This match will be predominated by spinners and Yuvraj has looked out of touch facing the spinners.. I feel he won't come into play until the 10th or 11th over and by then sri lankan spinner would be operating from both ends. 2. Jadeja has not looked that impressive and the same goes for Mohit Sharma... My point being the team is as strong as its weakest link 2 spots in the team are dicey and will decide the fate of the match for India 3. Lastly we must not forget that Sri Lanka has been in Bangladesh since the last 3 months and has won Asia cup and in the process beaten India twice (including the warm up match). I hope the Indian team management looks at these issues and makes up a strong plan accordingly. GO TEAM INDIA!!!

  • on April 5, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    msd one of the greatest indian captain....

  • on April 5, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Captain is as good as it's team...I agree. Dhoni has brought changes..but the same critics have ripped him apart when the team loses...Saurabh ganguly was much more attacking and exuded more intelligence..but he never had the amount of luck and support that MSD has...

  • crickketlover on April 5, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Champions Trophy was won by Dhoni and his team overseas!

  • alnm on April 5, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    MSD Rocks Always..............

  • Liyanage.1283 on April 5, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Dhoni is pretty much equivalent to (or greater in certain cases) Clive Lloyd, Kapil dev, Imran Khan, Allan border, Steve waugh, Martin crowe, Ranatunga.

  • on April 5, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Why does the BCCI constantly back Fletcher as his record as India coach warranted a immediate sacking a year a go or more and all the more reason with terrible poor poor poor overseas record in all formats since his appointment. Its easy to win at home but what counts is overseas !!!

  • LalluMowdi on April 5, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Mr Dhoni is God's gift to Indian cricket. In 40 years of following Indian cricket, I have not seen a more gifted, honest and talented captain.

  • kapsitash on April 5, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Great words from the Great Man.A true Leader indeed.

  • kapsitash on April 5, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Great words from the Great Man.A true Leader indeed.

  • LalluMowdi on April 5, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Mr Dhoni is God's gift to Indian cricket. In 40 years of following Indian cricket, I have not seen a more gifted, honest and talented captain.

  • on April 5, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Why does the BCCI constantly back Fletcher as his record as India coach warranted a immediate sacking a year a go or more and all the more reason with terrible poor poor poor overseas record in all formats since his appointment. Its easy to win at home but what counts is overseas !!!

  • Liyanage.1283 on April 5, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Dhoni is pretty much equivalent to (or greater in certain cases) Clive Lloyd, Kapil dev, Imran Khan, Allan border, Steve waugh, Martin crowe, Ranatunga.

  • alnm on April 5, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    MSD Rocks Always..............

  • crickketlover on April 5, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Champions Trophy was won by Dhoni and his team overseas!

  • on April 5, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Captain is as good as it's team...I agree. Dhoni has brought changes..but the same critics have ripped him apart when the team loses...Saurabh ganguly was much more attacking and exuded more intelligence..but he never had the amount of luck and support that MSD has...

  • on April 5, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    msd one of the greatest indian captain....

  • drabhibds on April 5, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    I think this match will require all the tactical skills of Dhoni. Lets consider the facts... 1. This match will be predominated by spinners and Yuvraj has looked out of touch facing the spinners.. I feel he won't come into play until the 10th or 11th over and by then sri lankan spinner would be operating from both ends. 2. Jadeja has not looked that impressive and the same goes for Mohit Sharma... My point being the team is as strong as its weakest link 2 spots in the team are dicey and will decide the fate of the match for India 3. Lastly we must not forget that Sri Lanka has been in Bangladesh since the last 3 months and has won Asia cup and in the process beaten India twice (including the warm up match). I hope the Indian team management looks at these issues and makes up a strong plan accordingly. GO TEAM INDIA!!!

  • vxttemp on April 5, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    I'm big fan of Imran as well as Cronje when it comes to captaincy. Dada is also a gutsy captaincy(Remember how he played in Brisbane 2004 test). But Dhoni is just one step above these guys. After all the criticism he faced through out 2011 wc and people questioning his batting in the entire cup, Yuvraj in prime form, he moved himself ahead of Dhoni considering Murali and SL attack - That is captaincy. Imagine what would have happened if it had back fired and the criticism from Indians.