Watching Mahendra Singh Dhoni bat in a chase is a learning experience — the way he builds an innings; the way he calms the nerves of the other batsmen; the way he makes them contribute; the way he gives the opposition no chance at all.
What the Indian skipper brings to the middle isn’t quantifiable. It’s simply magic. As he led India to another win in the third ODI against England at Mohali, none of us were surprised. We had seen him do it so many times before, that only if he fails would we question his method. The template of his innings is normally a slow start as he settles in, lots of singles and then he builds to a crescendo. The innings he played in the World Cup final was exactly that – it wasn’t a fluke; it’s the way he plays.