India’s ODI series against New Zealand will get a completely new relevance altogether as the most influential man in Indian cricket takes field – MS Dhoni. India’s most successful skipper, MS Dhoni, has had a legacy of his own, which cannot be matched under any circumstance. Over the years gone by, Dhoni has proven to be the greatest finisher in the history of the game, as his subtle calmness and solidity remains an inspiration for all.
However, the last couple of years haven’t been ideal for the Indian captain. Fans have seen a mellowed down version of Dhoni, where the Jharkhand lad has failed to finish tense run chases. That has been very unlike MS Dhoni as he is expected to win his side the match out of literally nowhere. Ahead of the ODI series against New Zealand, Dhoni stated that comparing his finishing skills with modern day champion finishers like Jos Buttler and Glenn Maxwell wasn’t appropriate.
“You talked about the examples of Jos Buttler and Glenn Maxwell. You have to see consistent performances,” Dhoni said. “Finishing is one of the most difficult things to do in cricket. It’s not about six months or one year. You have to be used to that role and responsibility, and you have to have that self-confidence to keep on doing what is required of you, usually over a period.”
Dhoni added, that there was no designated batting slot for a finisher. “Once you find a good finisher, they are the ones that will keep batting at that slot for 8-10 years.”I think one of the biggest challenge is that the cricket that we play in the subcontinent, more often than not, a finisher is someone who bats at 5, 6 7, to some extent, maybe No. 4. A lot of times in India, the lower order doesn’t get a chance to bat,” he said.
Speaking about the series, Dhoni was optimistic that the inexperienced, but enthusiastic side would excel. “Quite a few of them would have gone to Zimbabwe. All of a sudden, 14 or 15 were there and then a few injuries here and there. It’s not a realistic number but at the same time, there are a few individuals who we are very keen to see what they have on offer,” Dhoni concluded.