MSD has been the arguably greatest captain of India has recently decided to quit and give Kohli a chance to lead in all formats of the game. We on behalf of Sportsnasha would like to give a small tribute to MSD by publishing excerpts from the Book. It’s as crispy as MSD’s batting…..It’s review of his career from begining…

Being Majestic Spectacular Determined (BEING MSD)

Goal Keeper to Wicket keeper

 “Who was the captain when India won a marquee tourney (T20 WC) after a long time??”,  “Who is the only one to win two editions of the IPL??, “Who was the captain who took India to the pole position which was once seen a bridge too far to cross??”  And last but not the least, “Who gave India that glory moment which every Indian agonizingly waited for 28 years??”.

No prizes for guessing , it  is  Mr.Captain Cool a.k.a  Mahendra Singh Dhoni

A rookie with a tapori type hair style biking around the streets of Ranchi came to cricket just by an ‘accident’ which turned out to be an amusing one. Who would have thought that he would make such a transition from being a goalkeeper for the school team to being one of the best finishers in modern day cricket.Oh yes…people would think I have made an typo error of misinterpreting ‘goal’keeper  as ‘wicket’keeper.  While being the goalkeeper of his school team, out of the blue he was summoned to play cricket for a local club (Commando cricket club) by his coach. Seriously we must thank that person otherwise we would have never got to witness such a phenomenon. From then on he blossomed and never looked back. Finally he made it to the U-16(Bihar) and the U-19s and went on to become a permanent member of each and every team. He finally made the cut to the Ranji squad(Bihar) and played some defining knocks for his team. Due to his consistent performances he finally got the nod for the one-day series against Bangladesh. Selectors were searching for a keeper batsman. In Deep Dasgupta, Parthiv patel and Ajay Ratra they found neither. Many came and went, but the search for that elusive wicket-keeper batsman was still there. Finally Rahul Dravid as always was the go-to man because the selectors knew he would never say never and happily slotted the gloves in Dravid’s hands especially in ODIs. He duly performed his duties for 2-3 years and finally came the entry of a long-haired personality from Jharkhand. Who would have thought looking at that time that he would mature so much that one day he would  become the captain of the Indian cricket team.

Bangladesh trip wasn’t such a good omen for ‘Mahi’. He was run-out couple of times and didn’t get much opportunities batting lower down the order. Then came the turning point in his career. Ganguly, the then India captain gave him the opportunity to bat at No.3 and he grabbed it with both hands scoring a handsome 148 which took not only the Pakistani team but also the crowd by surprise. He finally was the missing link of the jig-saw puzzle. Then followed the series against SriLanka wherein he scored a breathtaking 183 to blow the Lankan attack comprising of Vaas and Murali. This knock suggested that 148 was not a fluke and gave signs that he was not to be considered lightly.

This is just the trailer of a ‘booming’ career. Let’s wait. The rocket has just been launched into the space……..


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