England v India, ICC World Twenty20, Lord's June 13, 2009

Dhoni's loss of form worries India

India need to decide where to bat Dhoni and hit upon a batting order that will carry them through the Super Eights
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It doesn't take much to go wrong for a team to lose a Twenty20 match. India lost to West Indies at Lord's primarily because their opponents, led by Dwayne Bravo's all-round excellence, played a vastly superior game. And yet, in the post-mortem of the defeat, there emerged one key that India have to acknowledge and address before their must-win Super Eight game on Sunday: The struggling form of their captain - and most versatile batsman - and how to compensate for it.

India's strength is that every one of their players is capable of winning a match through individual brilliance. Even the loss of one of the world's most dangerous openers was overcome by a middle-order batsman making the transition to the top of the order seamlessly. They have tried to fortify that advantage with flexibility by attempting to shuffle the middle order according to how the openers fare.

Between Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir, Rohit has been the more aggressive batsman and so India have sent in MS Dhoni at No. 3 should Gambhir fall first to steady one end while Rohit attacks at the other. And if Rohit should be dismissed first, like against West Indies, Suresh Raina will take up the attacking role at No. 3. It's an excellent plan, for a fluid batting order keeps the opposition guessing and batsmen versatile enough to slot into different roles are valuable in the Twenty20 format. The problem, however, is Dhoni's loss of form.

Dhoni has batted in various positions from No. 2 to 8 and, when in form, he's played different roles - from sheet anchor to aggressor - successfully. He even considered opening in the World Twenty20 before offering Rohit the job in Virender Sehwag's absence. In recent times, Dhoni has taken up the responsibility of guiding the innings, holding one end up, scoring at a run-a-ball, letting the other shot-makers attack before joining them.

India have had to manage without a significant contribution from Dhoni so far in this tournament. He struggled during the IPL and carried that indifferent form to England, scoring 6, 9*, 26 and 14 during the warm-ups and group matches. Dhoni batted at No. 3 during those matches ahead of more in-form batsmen. What has hurt India more than Dhoni's lack of runs is his inability to provide any sort of momentum to the innings despite spending adequate time at the crease. He's changed his bats often while in the middle, but not found his timing with any of them.

India's opponents in the group stage - Bangladesh and Ireland - failed to get through India's openers quickly enough to exploit the weakness in the middle. West Indies did not. Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor sent down a bunch of short-of-a-length deliveries and bouncers at the openers, denying Rohit the length and room to play his graceful shots. He was eventually dismissed top-edging a pull and Gambhir too was nearly undone by a bouncer but the ball lobbed over first slip. Raina, who was sent in at No. 3, was also unsettled by short ones before prodding a full ball to the wicketkeeper. The West Indian bowlers rarely pitched anything in the batsman's half.

India were in distress at 29 for 3 when Dhoni began his innings. The plan was to consolidate and play through a few overs without losing wickets before trying to compensate for the balls consumed. Yuvraj executed the plan perfectly, launching the ball to the boundary after a wary start, but Dhoni failed to get out of the mire. He plodded his way to 11, using 23 balls in the process, and was caught at deep point. Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan recovered, and perhaps Dhoni's dismissal was a blessing for India, for they eventually got to 153. They should have got 170. Too much ground had been conceded and West Indies ensured India couldn't recover it.

India, like most of their opponents, are still fine-tuning their strategies in the shortest format. They need to decide where to bat Dhoni and hit upon a batting order that will carry them through the Super Eights. They have until Sunday to find one.

George Binoy is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • sandeep1978 on June 14, 2009, 4:41 GMT

    Dhoni, was once a one trick pony, who with time has developed into a two trick pony. But once a pony, always a pony ! Seriously, he has basically 1 big shot, the lofted one straight over mid on to the ball which is pitched up. And the singles to mid on and mid off. U block them n u have blocked dhoni.. They miss sachin n dravid and miss them badly, especialy when the ball is doing a bit. raina is basically a flat track bully with a weakness for the short ball , which has been picked up by the other teams....

  • RajaneeshG on June 14, 2009, 4:25 GMT

    It is true that Dhoni had failed miserably in last few matches. But I think he had a plan in his mind - to hold the innings at initial stage and then cut loose at slog overs. But, he couldn't make that transition as smooth as he anticipated. In the last match against WI, he tried the same thing and WI are smarter enough to tie him down and prevent him from rotating the strike. That made the 'captain cool' desperate and he tried to get off the pressure by going for big hits. Simply he can't execute his plan. That happens sometimes. But, don't forget that he is the most brilliant captain India got and please stop blaming this guy. He knows what to do exactly.

  • satyasainvs on June 14, 2009, 4:24 GMT

    I don't feel India this time around playing like champions. I could feel IPL might effect the performance of Indian team by too much cricket in IPL. I feel mostly everyone effect by stress which is there in IPL. I could really say IPL is most beneficial to foreign players rather than Indian players. Most of the foreign teams played their batsman rather than their strike bowlers.. Their batsman get more practice than bowlers. Our main players Shewag, Zaheer, Dhone are mostly effected by IPL. I don't feel IPL is beneficial before T20 World cup. I feel it is a spoiler because of over pressure in it.. It's a miracle if India get a world cup again..

  • rejin on June 14, 2009, 4:20 GMT

    i would never say that dhoni ralled his troops well and in batting im sure he is gonna come back and rock india

  • sathish4 on June 14, 2009, 4:17 GMT

    Don't take me wrong, I think Dhoni's a good batsman for test cricket.. although I'd never pay money to watch him, because he's got no technique. His batting is completely about speed of the bat and a very fast eye for the ball.

    He just doesn't cut it in the top order in T20 or ODIs, and he should stand aside and let the better batsman do their jobs. His most important position in limited overs is #6 or #7, depending on the match situation. Now, without Sehwag, we have a shorter batting order and we need him at #6 to save the innings, because that's what he does best. He's got no idea how to take the initiative. And the rubbish thing for us Indian fans is that, he's trying to learn how to do it... at the World Cup of all places.

    I still believe that we have what it takes to qualify for the semis, though.

  • shan_ss on June 14, 2009, 4:16 GMT

    I dont think consolidation is not just eating up the balls. Mr.Cool has to realise that he is playing T20 not 50 over match.

  • nick.044u on June 14, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    at 1st i want comment on the line tht Dhoni is most versatile batsman..r u mad?he is 1 of the bats who has very poor technique...but luckiest batsman..Dhoni also known as 1 of the attacking batsman then y does he hope that to take attaking shot is the wrk of yuvi,yusuf ,or raina..i thnk he wants to b in limelight bcz recently raina,sehwag,yusuf n yuvi hiding his personality by their good batting skill..thts y he always came in to no 3 whn there was no good attack but hide himself agnst WI and send to Raina at no. 3...i thnk he doesnt deserve a 12th of team with their current form with strike rate 103

  • sathish4 on June 14, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    Don't take me wrong, I think Dhoni's a good batsman for test cricket.. although I'd never pay money to watch him, because he's got no technique. His batting is completely about speed of the bat and a very fast eye for the ball.

    He just doesn't cut it in the top order in T20 or ODIs, and he should stand aside and let the better batsman do their jobs. His most important position in limited overs is #6 or #7, depending on the match situation. Now, without Sehwag, we have a shorter batting order and we need him at #6 to save the innings, because that's what he does best. He's got no idea how to take the initiative. And the rubbish thing for us Indian fans is that, he's trying to learn how to do it... at the World Cup of all places.

    I still believe that we have what it takes to qualify for the semis, though.

  • sathish4 on June 14, 2009, 4:12 GMT

    The problem is that Dhoni's one of the most over-rated cricketers around, and there's a lot of hype around him because a bunch of kids saw highlights of him digging out yorkers and hitting them straight down the ground with pure power. Dhoni's started believing his own hype.

    No one's going to believe this crap that Dhoni coming in at 3 is part of some great strategy to balance the absence of Sehwag or to balance the aggressor/anchor combination. He did it over and over for the Chennai Superkings. He came at 3 when the more aggressive batsman fell, he came at 3 when the less aggressive batsman fell.. and in both cases, he came in and played his run-a-ball innings and brought the run-rate of the team down. We're seeing that with the national side now.

  • TamilIndian on June 14, 2009, 4:01 GMT

    Opening may be a good option. Dont dont try to consolidate just go for broke - make it a lottery. with field restrictions until 6th over there is a good possibility lot of edges and mishits might go uncaught. It is always good to have one lottery type person in the opening combo.

  • sandeep1978 on June 14, 2009, 4:41 GMT

    Dhoni, was once a one trick pony, who with time has developed into a two trick pony. But once a pony, always a pony ! Seriously, he has basically 1 big shot, the lofted one straight over mid on to the ball which is pitched up. And the singles to mid on and mid off. U block them n u have blocked dhoni.. They miss sachin n dravid and miss them badly, especialy when the ball is doing a bit. raina is basically a flat track bully with a weakness for the short ball , which has been picked up by the other teams....

  • RajaneeshG on June 14, 2009, 4:25 GMT

    It is true that Dhoni had failed miserably in last few matches. But I think he had a plan in his mind - to hold the innings at initial stage and then cut loose at slog overs. But, he couldn't make that transition as smooth as he anticipated. In the last match against WI, he tried the same thing and WI are smarter enough to tie him down and prevent him from rotating the strike. That made the 'captain cool' desperate and he tried to get off the pressure by going for big hits. Simply he can't execute his plan. That happens sometimes. But, don't forget that he is the most brilliant captain India got and please stop blaming this guy. He knows what to do exactly.

  • satyasainvs on June 14, 2009, 4:24 GMT

    I don't feel India this time around playing like champions. I could feel IPL might effect the performance of Indian team by too much cricket in IPL. I feel mostly everyone effect by stress which is there in IPL. I could really say IPL is most beneficial to foreign players rather than Indian players. Most of the foreign teams played their batsman rather than their strike bowlers.. Their batsman get more practice than bowlers. Our main players Shewag, Zaheer, Dhone are mostly effected by IPL. I don't feel IPL is beneficial before T20 World cup. I feel it is a spoiler because of over pressure in it.. It's a miracle if India get a world cup again..

  • rejin on June 14, 2009, 4:20 GMT

    i would never say that dhoni ralled his troops well and in batting im sure he is gonna come back and rock india

  • sathish4 on June 14, 2009, 4:17 GMT

    Don't take me wrong, I think Dhoni's a good batsman for test cricket.. although I'd never pay money to watch him, because he's got no technique. His batting is completely about speed of the bat and a very fast eye for the ball.

    He just doesn't cut it in the top order in T20 or ODIs, and he should stand aside and let the better batsman do their jobs. His most important position in limited overs is #6 or #7, depending on the match situation. Now, without Sehwag, we have a shorter batting order and we need him at #6 to save the innings, because that's what he does best. He's got no idea how to take the initiative. And the rubbish thing for us Indian fans is that, he's trying to learn how to do it... at the World Cup of all places.

    I still believe that we have what it takes to qualify for the semis, though.

  • shan_ss on June 14, 2009, 4:16 GMT

    I dont think consolidation is not just eating up the balls. Mr.Cool has to realise that he is playing T20 not 50 over match.

  • nick.044u on June 14, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    at 1st i want comment on the line tht Dhoni is most versatile batsman..r u mad?he is 1 of the bats who has very poor technique...but luckiest batsman..Dhoni also known as 1 of the attacking batsman then y does he hope that to take attaking shot is the wrk of yuvi,yusuf ,or raina..i thnk he wants to b in limelight bcz recently raina,sehwag,yusuf n yuvi hiding his personality by their good batting skill..thts y he always came in to no 3 whn there was no good attack but hide himself agnst WI and send to Raina at no. 3...i thnk he doesnt deserve a 12th of team with their current form with strike rate 103

  • sathish4 on June 14, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    Don't take me wrong, I think Dhoni's a good batsman for test cricket.. although I'd never pay money to watch him, because he's got no technique. His batting is completely about speed of the bat and a very fast eye for the ball.

    He just doesn't cut it in the top order in T20 or ODIs, and he should stand aside and let the better batsman do their jobs. His most important position in limited overs is #6 or #7, depending on the match situation. Now, without Sehwag, we have a shorter batting order and we need him at #6 to save the innings, because that's what he does best. He's got no idea how to take the initiative. And the rubbish thing for us Indian fans is that, he's trying to learn how to do it... at the World Cup of all places.

    I still believe that we have what it takes to qualify for the semis, though.

  • sathish4 on June 14, 2009, 4:12 GMT

    The problem is that Dhoni's one of the most over-rated cricketers around, and there's a lot of hype around him because a bunch of kids saw highlights of him digging out yorkers and hitting them straight down the ground with pure power. Dhoni's started believing his own hype.

    No one's going to believe this crap that Dhoni coming in at 3 is part of some great strategy to balance the absence of Sehwag or to balance the aggressor/anchor combination. He did it over and over for the Chennai Superkings. He came at 3 when the more aggressive batsman fell, he came at 3 when the less aggressive batsman fell.. and in both cases, he came in and played his run-a-ball innings and brought the run-rate of the team down. We're seeing that with the national side now.

  • TamilIndian on June 14, 2009, 4:01 GMT

    Opening may be a good option. Dont dont try to consolidate just go for broke - make it a lottery. with field restrictions until 6th over there is a good possibility lot of edges and mishits might go uncaught. It is always good to have one lottery type person in the opening combo.

  • kraghavan on June 14, 2009, 3:51 GMT

    Dhoni as of now is fit for only captaincy. So let him play as a captain, and i also don't mind if he bats at no-11. Even pragyan ojha and ishanth sharma have a far better str/rate in t20s i think.

  • lokation on June 14, 2009, 3:46 GMT

    Honestly speaking, Dhoni don't deserve to be in the top order. He is a slogger. so, the only way he could contribute anything to India is by coming after yusuf pathan. He screwed up big time for chennai super kings playing so called sheet anchor role in the IPL crunch matches especially in the semi-final and he blames everything on the bowlers. The top six has to be for legit batsmen not for slogger like Dhoni . This would do wonders for the indian team in T20 and ODI format.

  • Rohan0309 on June 14, 2009, 3:27 GMT

    This article hits the nail right on the head. Dhoni's form in the past 2-3 months has been pitiful. It makes no sense that he promote himself to no.3 ahead of in-form batsmen like Yuvraj, Pathan and Raina, when he uses up 23 balls for a paltry 11. But, a fighter that Dhoni is, you can always count on him to hit back with a superb innings.

  • Ram786 on June 14, 2009, 3:11 GMT

    If dhoni would come lower the order and will take single and double in slog overs(because he lost the ability to hit the ball) then what would our score? I think 120 or 130.So dhoni have to come in the opening and rohit in middle order and in lower there are yuvi,yusuf,irfan,bhajji who are able to manage the score 180 or 190.

  • Santhasa on June 14, 2009, 3:09 GMT

    These are much better swinging and pacy conditions, and needless to say Indians were not able to take on good bowlers. Rohit and Raina were in particular not good against quality swig bowling of Edwards and Taylor. For places like England, you need a Rahul Dravid to tackle the swing. I am sure we would have won the match, if we had Rahul Dravid in our fold.

  • SHIVAKUMAR on June 14, 2009, 2:50 GMT

    At the Outset, I am not a great fan of Dhoni. A couple of matches failure is not a loss in form. He is the only player in the world today, without any great ability like yuvraj or sachin, scoring consistently and has changed his style of game from HITTER to floater due to the absence of a Solid guy like Dravid in the team. He does the Dravid's job of holding the Innings at a far better strike rate. It's just that he has not clciked in couple of games in IPL out of some 15 odd matches and a couple of matches here. Highly unfare to say, he is out of form.

  • NatarajDhakshina on June 14, 2009, 2:26 GMT

    Expecting such an article even during IPL 2009. Based on his current form, Dhoni should consider him much lower down the order paving way to new players who are waiting to prove. What the heck !! anyway India is not getting anything out of his batting but for several dot balls. With such dismal performance continuing (hope it is seriously is the "form"), it is hard to buy the "innings building" or "guiding role" theory...guess it can be done from the pavilion as well. But if this kind of playing has become his philosophy of T20....Dhoni please review and rethink your batting strategy...as we see neither guidance nor inspiration in your batting !!

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on June 14, 2009, 2:05 GMT

    That's the beauty of cricket. No BATSMAN can maintain his form forever. Cricket is known for 'great leveler' game. Every Batsman goes through a lean phase. It will be good if Dhoni first sends in the batsmen who are in good form & he should come after them.

    Cheers, Kumar

  • RaghuramanR on June 14, 2009, 1:58 GMT

    Captain has always been the first 'casualty' in any Indian team. Sachin's fall, not just dip, in form, Dravid's mental preoccupation with issues related to captaincy especially handling media had its toll. Difficult to see if anyone managed it better than Dada.

  • dazzler_arpan on June 14, 2009, 1:48 GMT

    Dhoni justified theory that Indian captions cant play good cricket

  • Neutralist on June 14, 2009, 1:04 GMT

    Right article at the right time. As we approach a couple of big games, the captain's recent lack of success on the field with the bat and off the field, with the media seem to have some strong correlations. Dhoni is currently doing a Brearley, but he has to realize his role is also to beef up the batting and be counted as one among the performers. The routine post match analysis where he talks about the areas where the team went wrong might soon seem a touch out of place if he doesn't mention his failures. As captain of the CSK and India teams, his plate is full - but drastically low on performances, so to speak. He would do well to imbibe some of Dravid's tenacity and ethics, and not take up any fresh endorsements that might get fans' anger focused on him. No one has forgotten the T20 WC win, but he wouldn't have forgotten the bad fan reaction which affected his home after the WC 2007 losses in WI. India needs a performing leader, not a passive skipper just backing his performers.

  • Venkatesh.cric on June 14, 2009, 0:47 GMT

    Its Must Win Game for India today, Dhoni needs to plan for complete innings rather then just for batsman, India is a better team Chasing a any total in a T20 match with Yusuf and Irfan at the bottem. Ishanth doestnt look to bowl as he was bowling in his early carrear (may be because of KKR team). have Praveen kumar in the squad who is successfull in providing eaarly wickets and can add some runs with bats too.......

    ALL THE BEST INDIA

  • deepblue22 on June 14, 2009, 0:02 GMT

    Even in the IPL whenever Dhoni came at number 3 he could not do much more than scoring at a run a ball except in one or two innings... combine that with the innings in the world twenty20 and that should be enough for Dhoni to realize that it would be better for the Indian team that he comes as low down the order as possible. After all, in twenty20 there in no point in consoliadating in the middle overs and then end up with 6 or 7 wickets down when the innings ends. I was surprised when Dhoni in the post match presentation said that he felt he should have stayed till the end. Come on, he should realize that he is not in the best of form and now is not the time to get back in touch once again.

  • LoveTheWall on June 13, 2009, 22:36 GMT

    There isn't such a thing as "form" in 20 overs format. It is all about taking the chances at the right time and hoping that it will pay off. It's a high-risk/high-rewards game. If the shot Dhoni played had cleared the fielder (it almost did), this article would be about how Dhoni got his groove back. Replace "form" with "luck" and you probably have an argument.

  • sorna on June 13, 2009, 22:19 GMT

    Great post. Seriously this is what in the minds of most of Indian fans. 'and perhaps Dhoni's dismissal was a blessing for India, for they eventually got to 153.' This is very true. I think Dhoni should come to bat after Irfan Pathan. To be frank, if he feels ok...he can even come after Bhaji..since Bhaji can slog with ball with good handpower

  • vswami on June 13, 2009, 21:07 GMT

    Dhoni has performed tremendously well between no. 3 and no.8 in the last couple of years taking on the responsibility most of the times. The team needs to be thankful for that and time has now come for the regular no. 3 and no. 4 to step up and take on the responsibility. Raina needs to learn to play in two gears, while Rohit definitely can. The team was inexperienced when Dhoni decided to take charge but he needs to go back to his original position behind Yuvraj and only step up really occasionally. Raina has played enough IPL matches and successfully too to be able to take charge at no.3.

  • TwitterJitter on June 13, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    In this format of the game as proven time and again, the team which is most hungry wins the game as it is usually manifested in fielding and body language. It was proven in T20 WC 2007, IPL1, and IPL2. For some reason, this Indian team's body language on the field makes it obvious that they will be out of the WC by tomorrow. Their fielding is lethargic, and bowling is average. Gambhir and Dhoni are out of form and Sehwag is no more. The desire to win as was obvious in games two years ago is no longer there. Part of the reason is most of those youngsters were trying establish themselves in 2007 and were hungry. This time around they have already become huge stars and with million dollar IPL pay packages, and endless cricket tours they are tired and are just not showing the desire that they showed 2 years ago. Look for them to loose tomorrow and be out of the tournament by Tuesday.

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  • TwitterJitter on June 13, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    In this format of the game as proven time and again, the team which is most hungry wins the game as it is usually manifested in fielding and body language. It was proven in T20 WC 2007, IPL1, and IPL2. For some reason, this Indian team's body language on the field makes it obvious that they will be out of the WC by tomorrow. Their fielding is lethargic, and bowling is average. Gambhir and Dhoni are out of form and Sehwag is no more. The desire to win as was obvious in games two years ago is no longer there. Part of the reason is most of those youngsters were trying establish themselves in 2007 and were hungry. This time around they have already become huge stars and with million dollar IPL pay packages, and endless cricket tours they are tired and are just not showing the desire that they showed 2 years ago. Look for them to loose tomorrow and be out of the tournament by Tuesday.

  • vswami on June 13, 2009, 21:07 GMT

    Dhoni has performed tremendously well between no. 3 and no.8 in the last couple of years taking on the responsibility most of the times. The team needs to be thankful for that and time has now come for the regular no. 3 and no. 4 to step up and take on the responsibility. Raina needs to learn to play in two gears, while Rohit definitely can. The team was inexperienced when Dhoni decided to take charge but he needs to go back to his original position behind Yuvraj and only step up really occasionally. Raina has played enough IPL matches and successfully too to be able to take charge at no.3.

  • sorna on June 13, 2009, 22:19 GMT

    Great post. Seriously this is what in the minds of most of Indian fans. 'and perhaps Dhoni's dismissal was a blessing for India, for they eventually got to 153.' This is very true. I think Dhoni should come to bat after Irfan Pathan. To be frank, if he feels ok...he can even come after Bhaji..since Bhaji can slog with ball with good handpower

  • LoveTheWall on June 13, 2009, 22:36 GMT

    There isn't such a thing as "form" in 20 overs format. It is all about taking the chances at the right time and hoping that it will pay off. It's a high-risk/high-rewards game. If the shot Dhoni played had cleared the fielder (it almost did), this article would be about how Dhoni got his groove back. Replace "form" with "luck" and you probably have an argument.

  • deepblue22 on June 14, 2009, 0:02 GMT

    Even in the IPL whenever Dhoni came at number 3 he could not do much more than scoring at a run a ball except in one or two innings... combine that with the innings in the world twenty20 and that should be enough for Dhoni to realize that it would be better for the Indian team that he comes as low down the order as possible. After all, in twenty20 there in no point in consoliadating in the middle overs and then end up with 6 or 7 wickets down when the innings ends. I was surprised when Dhoni in the post match presentation said that he felt he should have stayed till the end. Come on, he should realize that he is not in the best of form and now is not the time to get back in touch once again.

  • Venkatesh.cric on June 14, 2009, 0:47 GMT

    Its Must Win Game for India today, Dhoni needs to plan for complete innings rather then just for batsman, India is a better team Chasing a any total in a T20 match with Yusuf and Irfan at the bottem. Ishanth doestnt look to bowl as he was bowling in his early carrear (may be because of KKR team). have Praveen kumar in the squad who is successfull in providing eaarly wickets and can add some runs with bats too.......

    ALL THE BEST INDIA

  • Neutralist on June 14, 2009, 1:04 GMT

    Right article at the right time. As we approach a couple of big games, the captain's recent lack of success on the field with the bat and off the field, with the media seem to have some strong correlations. Dhoni is currently doing a Brearley, but he has to realize his role is also to beef up the batting and be counted as one among the performers. The routine post match analysis where he talks about the areas where the team went wrong might soon seem a touch out of place if he doesn't mention his failures. As captain of the CSK and India teams, his plate is full - but drastically low on performances, so to speak. He would do well to imbibe some of Dravid's tenacity and ethics, and not take up any fresh endorsements that might get fans' anger focused on him. No one has forgotten the T20 WC win, but he wouldn't have forgotten the bad fan reaction which affected his home after the WC 2007 losses in WI. India needs a performing leader, not a passive skipper just backing his performers.

  • dazzler_arpan on June 14, 2009, 1:48 GMT

    Dhoni justified theory that Indian captions cant play good cricket

  • RaghuramanR on June 14, 2009, 1:58 GMT

    Captain has always been the first 'casualty' in any Indian team. Sachin's fall, not just dip, in form, Dravid's mental preoccupation with issues related to captaincy especially handling media had its toll. Difficult to see if anyone managed it better than Dada.

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on June 14, 2009, 2:05 GMT

    That's the beauty of cricket. No BATSMAN can maintain his form forever. Cricket is known for 'great leveler' game. Every Batsman goes through a lean phase. It will be good if Dhoni first sends in the batsmen who are in good form & he should come after them.

    Cheers, Kumar