This was not cricket; this was poker. MS Dhoni was too calm, too cool, too sly. He bluffed and bluffed. He raised the stakes even as wickets fell. He rode his luck, survived a close run-out chance, escaped two perilous mix-ups with Ishant Sharma, and closed it out.
Dhoni wasn’t even supposed to play this match. And it was clear that he was struggling with injury through his innings. He declined some easy singles and didn’t take some twos he would have normally harried through. He was up against the run rate. He was up against a sharp Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews. And he was up against pressure. He overcame them all.
There is plenty to say about Sri Lanka’s batting, India’s bowling, and India’s top order. There is a lot to write about Rohit Sharma’s innings. And there is much to talk about Herath. But let them be for now. Read more