Home > Features >

MS Dhoni could pay the price for India’s dismal performance in New Zealand

MS-Dhoni-of-India-leaves-the-field-for-lunch-during-day-one-of-the-2nd-Test-match-between-Ne
MS Dhoni now holds the dubious record for the worst record by an Indian captain away from home © Getty Images

By Dhananjay Devasper

Overseas tours continue to be India’s biggest headache. Sporadic individual performances aside, it has been a downhill ride for India. Right from the tour of South Africa, India have been roughed up, pushed aside and have allowed teams to come back from the brink of defeat to do what they were once famous for — ‘snatching defeats from the jaws of victory.’


But, all this will hit skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni the hardest. From a captain who led the country to every possible victory in every format of the game, to being at the helm during India’s humiliation overseas, it has to be the toughest time of his nine-year long international career. New Zealand’s brilliant fightback in the second Test underlines the turbulent times that Indian cricket has recently been going through.

When India were whitewashed in England in 2011, the knives were out for Dhoni’s captaincy. Then came the defeat in Australia; Dhoni remained the captain and even salvaged some pride in the one-day arena with the victory in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. And once India began playing at Tests at home and re-asserted their supremacy, the wolves were kept at bay.

One would have still expected India to go down in South Africa, but New Zealand should have been a different cup of tea. The noose is tightening around Dhoni’s leadership. It might just be the opportune time for Dhoni’s detractors to take advantage of the situation and call for his head. Based on current performances, it may be the time to look for another leader in Tests as Dhoni has been uninspiring overseas.

The age old excuse of “all teams perform woefully on overseas tours” isn’t plausible, especially for a side that was the ranked No 1 in Tests at a point in time. Dhoni has been found wanting and has been unable to unleash his ‘magic’ on overseas tours. It’s come to a point where the perception that Dhoni is nothing more than a “lucky captain” seems to fit him perfectly, numbers be damned.

With the end of the New Zealand tour, MS Dhoni could well pay the price for India’s dismal performance. And even Lady Luck that seemed to be his unfailing supporter, even when he made the most bizarre decisions that defied logic, seems to have deserted him now.

Stay tuned..

(Dhananjay Devasper is an “IT guy” by profession and a sports fanatic at heart. He has an unbridled passion for sports and Indian achievements in sport. Extremely opinionated, he attempts offering perspectives around sports which are simple to understand and easy to relate with)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Cardiff

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Basseterre, St Kitts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

More

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 26, 2014  at Hambantota

Sri Lanka won by 77 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 198 runs

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 25, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

West Indies won by 91 runs

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014  at Bristol

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014  at Hambantota

Pak won by 4 wkts (D/L method)

Photos

Don Bradman's ducks

Videos

Mitchell Marsh: This is a big opportunity for me

India vs England Live Cricket Score 2nd ODI at Cardiff: Suresh Raina approaches ton

Australia vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, Zimbabwe Tri Series 2014 Match 2 at Harare: South Africa are off to a flier

Don Bradman and his ducks

India vs England ODI series 2014: Why an Indian win will be surprising

MS Dhoni taking on England in England and BCCI at home!

Australia England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

Australia vs South Africa, Zimbabwe Tri Series 2014 Match 2 at Harare: South Africa lose their openers early

Chris Jordan bowls staggering 11 wides for England against India in 2nd ODI

Australia vs South Africa, Zimbabwe Tri Series 2014 Match 2 at Harare: Hashim Amla dismissed

Suresh Raina reaches fifty for India against England in 2nd ODI

Gary Kirsten’s travel agency to help young cricketers

Shakib Al Hasan’s return: A desperate move by Bangladesh Cricket Board?

Don Bradman and his ducks

India vs England ODI series 2014: Why an Indian win will be surprising

India vs England, 2nd ODI at Cardiff: England’s likely playing XI

MS Dhoni taking on England in England and BCCI at home!

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

664 Posts | 6 Fans

Funny cricket video

3 new things in Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate 3

Apple to launch thinner MacBook towards the end of this year or early 2015: Report

Google acquires VFX firm ZYNC to bolster its cloud computing products

Rohit Sharma dismissed by James Treadwell for India against England in 2nd ODI

Shankar Mahadevan’s son Siddharth sings for animation movie Manav

Rohit Sharma reaches fifty for India against England in 2nd ODI

Google buys special effects technology firm Zync Render

International programme in Animal Husbandry

प्राकृतिक उबटन से चेहरे में निखार लायें

NGOs pursue education for all

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here