Gulf News – The shoulders have dropped a bit, while there is a distinct lack of swagger that one has associated with him over the years.


  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni, or MSD, still does not miss too many of the nicks behind the wicket while his agility in stumping is legendary, but he is looking like a shadow of his past in the ongoing Asia Cup.
  • There are not too many of Dhoni’s ilk left in active cricket who have been there and done that — but the pressure to match his past Herculean feats with the bat seems to have been weighing down the No.
  • In the two group league matches so far, while Dhoni came in at No.
  • If there had been a progressive decline over the last few years, this calendar year has seen Dhoni’s strike rate drop to 70.47, his worst since his international debut in 2004.
  • In the series against South Africa earlier this year, Dhoni scrambled together 69 runs at a strike rate of 81.17 in four innings, including a 42 not out alone in Johannesburg.

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