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when a fall can only be a step away…

of too much pride, too much arrogance…

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A blog by Â(c)hinaman

Dhoni’s youngsters did not win the CBS finals.
It was won for him by a 34 year old, a Sachin Tendulkar.
There is not one outstanding performance from any of his batsmen to crow about.
Neither any evidence that the ‘seniors’ he dropped from the team would have failed.

He wanted Suresh Raina, for what? To block a place in the squad?
His wrong ‘instincts’ sidelined Manoj Tiwari for the rest of the series.
His has played politics to ensure his popularity, it was a senior who saved his pride.

‘It’s important to send the message across’ – Dhoni

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan and Nagraj Gollapudi
March 19, 2008

Mahendra Singh Dhoni hopes India’s “significant” victory in the CB Series will silence those who criticised the youth-oriented squad selection for the tournament. Asserting his role in the selection of the young one-day side – he is India’s ODI captain – he said it was “sometimes very important to send the message across”.

“I was pretty clear about the players I wanted in the side,” Dhoni told Cricinfo in a revealing interview where he spoke about the selection controversy for the first time. “That’s what I said to the selectors as well. You can see the kind of team I got.”

The only message I get is he has become too big for his boots.
And an ego that is not much smaller than his mouth.


Now on, every single ODI he plays, he has to deliver.

As I have said before, one swallow doesn’t make a summer.
When his luck runs out, only the hard fall from grace will drive the message home.






  1. Posted March 20, 2008 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Although it is quite evident that Tendulkar is the player who actually won the tournament is it really fair to completely ignore that India’s top run scorer over the Whole CB series was one Gautam Gambhir, someone who would probably have missed out if both Ganguly and Dravid had been persisted with.

  2. Posted March 20, 2008 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Andruid,

    Gambhir was always going to be in the team. He would have been in number 3. Dravid alone was not in the reckoning from the previous series.

    I have always been a supporter of Dhoni, but since late I find in him attributes I do not like. A captain needs to know when to talk and how to talk. Dhoni doesn’t.

    He will fall, and fall hard. Thats how it is with Indian cricket.
    When he does, he will not find many sympathisers.