PIKU MUKHERJEE (Argha): ‘When you die, you die. You don’t think Which is a better way to die’ This words will never come from ‘The Small Town Boy’. I hope you understand what I am talking about. Yes Mahendra Singh Dhoni, The Ranchi boy.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s arrival in international cricket and his meteoric rise is nothing less than a fairytale. His list of achievements are endless but the biggest lesson was his elevation from dusty Ranchi threw up is that he taught aspirants in the country’s small towns to dream big.
MSD popularly known as Mahi struggled very much early in his carrier and being a ‘Rajput’ he mashes all hurdles with huge Helicopter Sixer.
Dhoni focused on cricket after his 10th standard. Dhoni was a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003, under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore (W), a district in West Bengal where also I belong.
Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999–2000 seasons as an eighteen-year-old. Dhoni’s talent was discovered via the BCCI’s small-town talent-spotting initiative TRDW. Dhoni was discovered by TRDO Prakash Poddar, captain of Bengal in the 1960s, when he saw Dhoni play for Jharkhand at a match in Jamshedpur in 2003, and sent a report to the National Cricket Academy.
After that Dhoni geared up and started his career with full swing. Dhoni was named the captain of Indian squad for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in September 2007. India was crowned champions as Dhoni led the team to victory against Pakistan in a thrilling contest. Since making his debut, there has been no looking back and after 90 Tests, 283 ODIs, he has the most number of dismissals in the two formats. In December 2009, India captured the No. 1 Test ranking and reigned for 18 months.
I don’t study cricket too much. Whatever I have learned or experienced is through the cricket I have played on the field. This punch words always inspiring words for other junior player. In a word, He is a Legend and legend never be defeated whatever the circumstances come. We should place him as Sachin in our heart.
Dhoni was not only a calm captain himself; he was the cause for calmness in others. He smiled, he showed displeasure, he chatted to bowlers, but while his immediate message was clear, no one could bet on what his thinking was. Not for him the romance and layered philosophy of the game; he was simple without being simplistic, straightforward without being naive, and knows his mind best.
He was chased by controversies but teaching the middle class to strive and reach out for its dreams overshadowing all misgivings.
So, after the end of MSD era, The Kohli saga begins. Let’s see what Virat does for Men In Blue. Hope he will absolutely smash all hurdles as Mahi did before.