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The Utterly Batterly Delicious Dhoni

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on February 21, 2006

Dhood peenaywale ka jawab nahin!

There is no match for the people who drink milk, I suppose.

Dhoni, whose very initial sound bites after he shot into fame, revealed that he drinks almost a litre of milk everyday, has truly put Indian Cricket into different orbit.

In the latest fad of having a blaster as a wicket keeper batsman, Team India has also found one as someone who can challenge dominance of Adam Gilchrist and give a fitting match for Mark Boucher, Kumara Sangakara, Kamran Akmal et al.

Though not always as attractive as those with whom I have bracketed Dhoni with, he is very effective nevertheless.

And the fact that he is very effective without being very attractive in his strokes should bring down the morale of the opponents even more.

It is very difficult to devise a plan to stop someone who is very unorthodox in his ways. You cannot set a field to someone who can cart the ball to any part of the field.

Long ago India had a success story called Green Revolution. Then we had the Blue Revolution when we attained self sufficiency in milk production and we produced AMUL the always young utterly butterly delicious brand.Dhoni, to me, is the AMUL of Indian Cricket.

Dhoni is, Utterly, batterly, delicious.

Dhoni climbs to number three in rankings

Cricinfo staff

February 20, 2006

Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni move up the rankings © AFP

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, the architects of India’s ODI series win in Pakistan, have made it to the top ten in the latest ICC rankings for ODI batsmen. Dhoni, who averaged 219 in the series, now occupies the number three slot while Yuvraj, the highest run-getter in the series with 344 runs, is at number nine.

While Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting remain, respectively, the top two, Dhoni’s surge has affected the Australian dominance. Prior to the latest rankings, and following the VB Series, the top four slots were occupied by Australian batsmen. Rahul Dravid too moved up a notch to occupy the tenth position.

Irfan Pathan’s impressive showing in the series has seen him occupy the fourth place among the bowlers and all-rounders list. Daniel Vettori has moved up two notches to number five among the bowlers.

In the team rankings, India’s comprehensive 4-1 series win has placed them at number four, tied with New Zealand at 113 points. Pakistan, meanwhile have slipped to number five. A win in the forthcoming ODI series against England in March-April could propel India to second place. England and Sri Lanka are currently battling for the sixth place. The team that comes seventh will be denied automatic qualification for the Champions Trophy later this year.

For full player rankings see the ICC list..

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One Response to “The Utterly Batterly Delicious Dhoni”

  1. Sarathguru Vijayananda said

    Sam,

    True. Dhoni should be the brand ambassador for Amul India. I remember I heard somebody saying Sehwag too drinks lot of milk. This is a proven fact that every one should take milk daily. The more they take the more the energy they get.

    Dhoni though smashes the ball very hard, I think he is far better player than few of the dashers of the contemporary cricket. The way he picks the ball from outside off stump and bangs it over long off for a six is quiet an astonishing shot and the clear display of power.

    He gives merit only to the ball bowled and not to the bowler. Sachin was once like this but he is different now. Sehwag is out of form now.

    I think Team India has become half Australian side in the sense that if one fails there comes another. I use to blabber whenever Australia comes back into the team, “Somebody or the other scores for this team and how come they do it regularly?”.

    Rahul Dravid has been exceptional in his captaincy and taking pressures from the youngsters. More than anything else now in Team India young lads started sensing security, responsibility specific to them and importantly a great future for them.

    I am sure India would emerge as top cricket team at the end of the World Cup 2007. When I say this, my fingers are still crossed thinking about Aussies who are always a step ahead from others.

    There should be a downfall for Aussies and I think it has been very long time since India dominated the Cricket in terms of performances.

    With players like Dhoni, Yuvraj, Raina, Pathan, RP Singh I see a great chance for winning the world cup 2007 something which when I was 8 years old.

    If there is enough support from the seniors like Dravid, Tendulkar and Sehwag I think we can. We can only if we think we can.

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