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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dhoni's first double ton sets Chepauk ablaze ....

Not many might know or remember of Test no.551 incidentally played in Madras – not in Chepauk but in Corporation Stadium in Jan 1964. Today, fans went to Chepauk aspiring to see Sachin complete another Test hundred; nay that was not to be… Virat Kohli made one and India finished at 515 for 8 ~ a lead of 135 runs.  When Dhoni walked in at 196 – 4 – a lead looked seemingly improbable.

What an innings he played today and the way he tore Nathan Lyon apart.. hitting short of length, good length and murdering anything overpitched.. and reassuringly reaching his 200 in the company of Bhuvaneshkumar.  For the 9th wicket, now it is a record partnership of 109 runs with negligible contribution of 16  but valuable staying from Buvanesh…. 

For ages, the record for highest score by an Indian wicket keeper stood at 192 ~ those were the runs made by Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan way back in 1964 against England when he opened the innings and was out to Titus.   Now it is Dhoni, who is the man.. he has also become the highest scoring Captain against Australia….  Dhoni has scored 206 of the 319 runs after he came to bat doay  that have come with him at the wicket. Of this ninth-wicket stand worth 109, Bhuvneshwar has scored only 16. The highest score by a wicketkeeper is only 232 that of Andy Flower which for sure might get rewritten tomorrow.

Dhoni has a swaggering arrogance in his ways and is perhaps the fastest runner between the wickets and even when he has been there for hours; today for long, he defended B Kumar taking singles towards the end of the overs and ran like a hare in between.  We blame him for IPL – he has almost made Chennai, his second home, ~ plays for Chennai Super Kings, has house property at Chennai and has even become a Director in India Cements………….. but this man who plays in all formats really pushes things beyond the imaginable borders, as some of his towering hits showed today. 

He has been ambitious, leading the Country, some criticize him  for his defensive ways………….. but you cannot deny the fact that he pushes the limits and sets newer horizons……….. Great Innings – I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him play today………… Great Knock, Captain, Hats Off to you. 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar @ 5 pm on 24th Feb 2013.


  1. What an innings... Once again proved his class - Dhoni, the Great - Priyanka

  2. An epic knock by Dhoni, really changed the complexion of the game. At one stage, it looked as though the lead was going to be 20-30 with the tail not going to hang around, but a s splendid counter attack with some able support from Bhuvi has helped India to get a lead of 120 odd. Hope they can add 50-60 more runs to the lead!
    For All Dhoni bashers who have criticized him for not performing in tests, please compare him with other keeper batsmen and see how he has performed in comparison to them. I had written an article last year abt it. Please have a look at

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