M S Dhoni: Another Indian March
In February 2013, faith among fans was low. The whitewash in the away tournaments against Australia and England had been followed by the home defeat to England. Dhoniís on-field problems were graver than Gangulyís. The present-day middle order didnít have the same quality or experience as the one in 2001. Openers, spinners or pacers; no department had that one go-to man. Like Ganguly, Dhoni was grappling with off-field distractions that affected his image. He and other young stars flush with IPL riches were being written off as a frivolous, materialistic generation that had no time for Test cricket.
March 14, 2001, saw V.V.S. Laxman score 281, an innings so dazzling that it would lift the darkness from Indian cricket and be the beacon for the incredible decade that followed. Exactly 12 years to the day, India will step out
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