Well, right from the moment MS Dhoni took a final bow from the test cricket, the whole world of sports is stunned. Although just a couple of days back, former Indian captain Saurav Ganguly had advocated Virat Kohli for test captaincy saying that MS Dhoni has been struggling. In any case, even the hard core critics of MSD will agree that Dhoni had given a tremendous contribution in tests for India. He has been the best ever test captain, having won 27 out of 60 test matches he led in. Even his test average is a reasonable 38.09. He happens to be the first Indian captain to have scored 3454 test runs.
Even while keeping wickets during his test match regime, he has got 256 caught behind and 38 dismissals through stumping, which appears pretty good for many of his fans. Sometimes I wonder that what more can one expect from a nice and wise captain cool, under whom team India improvised a lot not in terms of winning or losing, but emerging as a bunch of young men bubbling with confidence, aggression, self respect and pride. He has led the team for 9 years. But as a captain when you do not have bowlers capable of taking 20 wickets, whatever score you put on the board – the defeat is inevitable!
When any skipper and his team know jolly well that the end result of a series cannot to be favorable, they will definitely play with a low morale. And here lies the catch – it is very difficult for any given team of the world to defeat Australia in their own backyard. Plus, our capable batsmen failed to generate a couple of good partnerships which were needed badly. In any game of modern day competitive cricket, perhaps the performance of the tail-enders of team India is the worst. This generally results in a crucial shortfall of say 35-50 runs, which makes a huge difference. Also, dropping catches or allowing runs due to poor fielding are minute but vital elements, which can prove fatal for any team – especially the captain.
So the million dollar question that remains to be answered by the administrators of BCCI is that how come MS Dhoni becomes responsible for the defeat of team India in Australia in the ongoing series in absence of even a few trustworthy bowlers? Inconsistent performance of bowlers on the away fast tracks has become a major problem persisting since ages. And even this change of guard cannot improve the equation. What if team India does not perform well even in the upcoming ODI series? The bowling woes are really deep and expecting miracle from our bowlers who have grown up while attaining the killing streak on the dust bowl pitches will be nothing but sheer foolishness.
Many of the fans really feel that expecting a victory from a general who is provided with lame horses in the battlefield cannot be termed as fair and winning strategy. So MS Dhoni has been crucified for the sake of most of our scare-crow bowlers, except for the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Overall, it appears the India will become a hub of quick fire brands like IPL and soon the test cricket or even ODIs will become a subject of archive. God bless Indian Cricket. Meanwhile, hats off to MSD for his guts for tolerating this nonsense for such a long duration. Long live captain MSD.