If chasing totals in the limited-overs format of cricket is an art, then the former Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is the Picasso of it. Throughout his career, Dhoni has been a master of run-chases. Be it the anchor role or the supporting role, whatever is the demand of the chase, Dhoni fulfills it gleefully.
There have been uncountable occasions where Dhoni carried the run chase to the last over and finished it off from there. There is no denying the fact that he has been criticized for the same. Many people, at times, felt that he was slow to take-off his innings, which meant that he had to score ‘those’ extra runs towards the end of the innings. However, it did not let Dhoni change his approach. He went with his business in the same way and with the same success.
Over the years, Dhoni took this responsibility of batting deep down the order selflessly. In the recent times, he has not been that effective in the finisher’s role as he used to be. Not that he is not performing well or not scoring runs, it is just that the magical way with which he used to chase totals has faded a bit. It happens with time to every player, but, does not mean that the time is up for that player.
Dhoni still has a lot of cricket left in him. He can still contribute a lot to the Indian batting line-up. Not to forget, his contribution behind the stumps is as crucial as it is in front of them. Here is a video with the best of MS Dhoni during run-chases: