When he walked out to bat in the World Cup final, MS Dhoni already boasted an average-strike rate combination that ranked with the best ever. Before that innings, he had scored 5958 runs at 48.04 and a strike rate of 87.22. Now, 21 months later, his figures stand at 7215 runs at 52.28 with a strike rate of 88.28. The numbers prove Dhoni has raised his game even as Indian cricket slumped since the World Cup. An incisive piece by Arunabha Sengupta.