Astute thinker in MS Dhoni has had won hearts for his long strands before many praised him being humble. He then entertained his fan base with his bat swing and then as a remarkable finisher one game after another for Team India. Of late, Dhoni has been under fire for his slow approach, but owing to the bat modification he has regained the form. He has sweated it out to grab the eyeballs following his excellent show against Australia and then against New Zealand. His mantra of success lies in the revamped Spartan bat.
“Basically, it is more wood at the bottom and back of the bat. Earlier, it was mainly about the sweet spot. The basic idea is to have more wood behind the ball in your preferred shots. More wood at the bottom will help in elevation and generate more power,” Hindustan Times quoted a source close to Dhoni’s management team.
However, the other batters carried regular flat on series Down Under, but Dhoni’s bat wore a different look at the bottom of the blade. It had a more rounded shape than a regular blade bottom.
In the three-match One-day International (ODI) series against Australia, Dhoni received flak for his slow show in Sydney where he scored 51 off 96 balls. However, he returned unbeaten 55* and unbeaten 87. India went on to clinch both the games to claim the series 2-1.
Also, he smashed unbeaten 48 at Mount Maunganui before finishing the series with 39 and 20 in the remainder of the T20 series which was clinched by New Zealand 2-1.
Earlier, many have share insights regarding the bats, and cricketing pundits have dissected the using of bats from distinct stalwarts of the game.
“He has made the modification to suit his areas of strength and to counter the areas in which bowlers have been targeting him,” he added.
In the recent past, Dhoni’s Midas touch has earned him accolades far and wide. Dhoni’s blockbuster show in the top-flight cricket has been a compelling story for the youngsters who admired him for his persistence and calmer approach. Dhoni might be past his prime, but he has delivered to affirm his credentials from-to-time.
Modified bats saw Dhoni back in form:
Since 2018 Asia Cup, MSD has used the custom-made bats which eventually saw Dhoni clicking in the middle.
Recently, fondly known as Mahi has used the specified with the rounded toe end of the bat.
“When your game is set, bowlers come up with a plan to counter and the batsman has to get a new plan. Or, it could be to play a particular shot better,” he added.
The 37-year-old Dhoni was helped by Beat All Sports, the leading bat making firm regarding the adjustment according to the favourable conditions. He usually played with a 1.25kg bat in home conditions.
“It differs from wicket to wicket, country to country, Dhoni’s bat weighs around 1150gms,” BAS partner Ashwini Kohli told HT.
Given to the specifications, Dhoni has carried plenty of bats with circular toes, with him who has further opted for trying out new thing ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
It would be interesting to see would Mahendra Singh Dhoni use such bats or rely on flat bottom blades.