Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s dream of defeating both England and Australia may not have fully materialised, but in the end the script turned out exactly the way the doctor had ordered.
Dhoni has established himself as a leader of a young, confident and competent side which he can mould to his liking. He had his anxious moments at the beginning of the Australian Test series, but wrote his own destiny in his cavalier fashion by scoring an awesome double century.
The street- fighting quality of the Indian captain got him not only a win but also a personal platform to announce his authority. Once his throne was assured, his positive attitude demolished the weak Australians and gave him the confidence in selecting and leading his own troops.
The wonderful outcome for Indian cricket was the maturity of Sachin Tendulkar. His performances far outweigh any living cricketer. He seems to have come to grips with the concept of playing second fiddle in the Indian cricket orchestra.
He did play a crucial role in the first Test, which seemed to have put to rest his own apprehensions. Cricket at times can be very lonely, depressing and mindboggling when things are not going according to plan.
Tendulkar gave one the impression that he was playing the role of a mentor to the hilt. His presence in the dressing room must be inspiring for the young brigade. India is fortunate to still have his presence and the icon could be an interpreter between the coach, captain, selectors and administrators.
Sachin has shown exemplary traits of a humble, down- to- earth ambassador of cricket. His passion for the game comes out gracefully in the way he has accepted his role of not being the superstar.
One can now see joy and happiness not only in his team’s victory, but also in every individual’s success.
With the next Test series eight months away, Indian cricket should utilise his services during the tours of the India ‘ A’ side. Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin , Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ajinkya Rahane have brought a new look to the Indian team. Indian cricket has sent a strong message and proven that they have more talented youngsters than any other country.
Guidance from Tendulkar and Dhoni, the two legends of the game, can just be the tonic to take Indian cricket to new heights.
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