The only reason why the world has not ended because of global warming is your coolness. I’ve been your AC (understatement to say a fan) ever since you took the Lankan bowlers to cleaners in that flawless knock of yours in 2005. Atapattu (then Lankan Captain) remarked in the presentation that it’s a once-in-a-career innings that you pulled out. Numbers-wise he may have been true, but certain knocks cannot be measured only by runs or numbers; you’ve given us a lot of such knocks!
Numbers don’t say anything! Your ODI average of 51.85 (as on 30th May, 2013) conveys nothing about the fear in the minds of the opposition captain when you are at the crease, for he knows that as long as you are there, the game is by no means over, even if Ashish Nehra is the non-striker. Your strike rate of a mere 115 in T20Is conveys nothing about your ability to dispatch bowlers over long on/mid-wicket for huge monstrous sixes, at will. On your day, you can even make Gayle feel like a kid. As your fan, I am only happy you are doing that more often than not these days!
It was disheartening to see you waging a lonely battle against the mighty Mumbai Indians in the IPL-6 Final, in a losing cause. But you are a true sport. You take victory and defeat alike, and make it look so easy. I have never (or rarely) seen you depressed about a defeat or over-enthusiastic about victory. I wish I could be like that some day.
That 224 at Chepauk earlier this year was simply amazing! Thank you. The knock actually set the tone for the entire Border-Gavaskar trophy. I am yet to figure out why your critics think you are not fit for tests.
I don’t believe in comparisons. I know you don’t believe too. Dada was a great captain. He took charge when Indian cricket was fresh from fixing charges and built a new side, almost from scratch. But, that doesn’t take anything away from you as a captain. You are equally good, if not better than Dada as a captain. After all, you were the one under whom Indian Test Team reached the pinnacle of being the Number One Test Team. I hope you get us back there, before you retire.
I was there in Chepauk when the Indian top order was sent packing by Junaid Khan’s fury. You came in when India was reeling at 29 for 5, and scored one of the finest and best paced hundreds in the history of the game. I can proudly tell my grand children that I witnessed that masterclass innings of yours live from the Chepauk stands.
You’d be happy to know that Actor Prakash Raj actually directed a tamil film called “Dhoni”. 🙂
I have two requests to you.
One. Please choose the brands you endorse! I am not going to buy Orient PSPO fan because you endorse it. 🙂
Two. Come to twitter often. Connect with people. You’ll be surprised to know how many people are waiting to connect with you.
I hope, some day you’ll read this letter.
– Your true fan.