By Anshuman Roy
MS Dhoni and captaincy has always walked hand in hand. A born leader, it looks like captaincy comes naturally to this man. His unfluttered mind and his cool persona adds more charm to the way he goes about his business.
The only Indian captain to win all possible ICC tournaments, MS Dhoni is already counted among the legends of Indian cricket. His altogether different way to look at captaincy makes him different from all other successful international captains around the world at the present moment.
Home conditions are where MS Dhoni thrives as a captain. He brings out the best from every player in the given conditions and moulds the game as he wants to. Tracks assisting spinners and slower bowlers makes his captaincy all the more potent and threatening. Plus his presence behind the stumps as a keeper gives him a 360 view of the happenings in the cricket field. All these factors constitute in making MS Dhoni one of the most successful captains of all time.
Having said that, the upcoming T20 World Cup at home will be an acid test for MSD, especially with Australia , New Zealand and Pakistan all teams being in the same group as India. The thinking will haveto be out of the box and quick to fox to the opponent. Despite home conditions, his captaincy and leadership will be tested.
India begin their WT20 campaign against New Zealand on March 15th and then play Pakistan , Australia and one of the qualifiers from the first round matches from group A in the league stage. Every opponent will be different from the other and will pose different challenges to MS Dhoni and his men. They will also have their plans chalked out to counter the astute brain of MS Dhoni.
As the tournament goes on, the competition will get tougher and tougher and his captaincy will be tested in every move that he makes. From using he right bowlers at the right time, to changing them as per the need and situation of the game, to keeping the fielders at the right position every move of his has to be perfect. With every passing game as India inches closer to that World Cup, expectancy from Dhoni the skipper will mount.
Thus there is a battle with in a battle for MS Dhoni and at the end of it all there is an ICC World T20 trophy to be won.