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Dhoni’s vigour renews India's hope

Chetan Narula, writing for Firstpost.com , says an iota of rest should not be under-rated, as MS Dhoni showed in the first ODI against England in Hyderabad.

Nikita Bastian
Nikita Bastian
25-Feb-2013
Chetan Narula, writing for Firstpost.com, says an iota of rest should not be under-rated, as MS Dhoni showed in the first ODI against England in Hyderabad.
All Dhoni got was less than 10 days [after the CLT20] before walking out for the toss again ... when he strode out at Hyderabad, the greyish stubble was gone. His hair seemed black again, most of it. The spring in the step wasn’t entirely back yet, but after the 126-run thrashing, none so much as mentioned queries about his [lost] Midas touch again.
In Dhoni’s renewed vigour is hope for the new (technically) season ... Dig a little deeper and there is an inherent case for giving players a little time off, allowing them to think about the merits and demerits of their own game, away from the spotlight. Mental preparation is as significant as net practice.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo