A flowing mane, unorthodox strokeplay & an assertive leader — MS Dhoni was everything & more

MS Dhoni with the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy | Twitter (@ICC)

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New Delhi: What do they know of Dhoni who only Dhoni knows. There seems nothing wrong in customising the most epic CLR James line from his seminal work ‘Beyond a Boundary’. It fits Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the ‘T’.

He could force one to throw the MCC cricket manual in the trash bin with his daredevilry in unorthodox strokeplay.

He could be a role model for all shy and reticent people on how to become an assertive leader. Two world titles meant he didn’t do too badly.

And then one fine afternoon, he could stun the world by relinquishing Test captaincy with 10 short of landmark 100 games, a record Indians are so fond of.

And after another five years and seven months, he literally punches one in the gut on a balmy August 15 evening to say, “from 1929 hrs, consider me retired”.

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Just like that. Just like that Lieutenant Colonel Dhoni says over and out, adding to the sense of loss and chaos that 2020 has come to symbolise.

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