Saturday, April 2, 2011

That's the way...Mahi Way

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have just eclipsed Arvinda D'Silva's 107* in the 1996 finals; the only century till date in a successful run chase in a World Cup finals. Arvinda's century too like Dhoni's 91 not out, came on the heels of 2 quick wickets but when those 2 wickets are Sehwag and Sachin; the pressure you have to absorb is that much more.

India are World Champions again and it was almost scary the way they scripted the most tense but strangely serene run chase I am ever likely to see. With each run that brought us closer, I asked my self what a win would do to the legend of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. I am not sure what the answer is, but perhaps we are seeing the beginnings of a cricketer that will eventually be bigger and meaner than Sachin Tendulkar. He will never have Sachin's skills. Thank God for that.

Sri Lanka seemed to have been defeated by Dhoni much before India finally beat them with a six of the last ball. After having started almost all matches with the Sehwag way, India ended a successful World Cup campaign; the Mahi way.

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Govind Raj said...

Gol, Well said...

Mahi way !

Satish Rao said...

Captain's knock with complete control of the chase! This is the best I've seen him.

Golandaaz said...

Thanks GR!

Satish, What a chase! Today he made the team his. Saurav, Dravid, Kumble and Dhoni...but the team was always Sacihn's

Not any more. He just took the game stamped it. Perhaps the best World Cup Finals knock. Richards, Collis King, Gilly, Ponting all came setting targets.

This one and Arvinda's in 1996.... its a close call