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Seen and been through it all: Dhoni

- Calm-before-storm riddle

Dhaka, April 5: Hours away from possibly creating history, winning all three ICC trophies simultaneously, Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a point as only he can.

“There is nothing really that I have not seen. Controversies are a big part of Indian cricket and I have been through it all. There’s hardly a good or a bad thing that happens without my name.

“I know certain things are in my control and I look to move in that direction, rather than thinking or living a thought which is beyond my control.”

Calmly said, ahead of tomorrow’s World T20 final against Sri Lanka, with not even a shade of anger. That’s very much Dhoni the person and the captain.

Like inspiration Sachin Tendulkar, Dhoni remains an intensely private individual. Yet, being human, he does get affected (perhaps to a smaller extent than the lesser mortals) by the barbs and worse from one section or the other.

Having won every major international trophy on offer, from the 2007 World T20 to the 2011 World Cup to the 2013 Champions Trophy, there’s nothing left for Dhoni to prove.

Lest one forgets, Dhoni also took India to No. 1 in Test cricket. We stayed there for over a year and a half from December 2009.

So, with a CV overflowing with achievements, will Dhoni be tempted to give up the T20 captaincy if India script an awesome first?

“It’s difficult to read Dhoni’s mind (another similarity with Sachin, by the way), but doing so now may not give the right signal.

“There could be an impression that Dhoni wants to run away from responsibility at a time certain things are in court and much dirty linen has been put out in the public domain,” a source close to the India captain told The Telegraph.

A characteristic of Dhoni is that he’s a fighter — “peeth dikhanewala nahin hai”, as the source put it perfectly. That being so, Dhoni may continue in the job he took up at the inaugural World T20, seven years ago.

At the same time, Dhoni could ask himself: ‘Why keep exposing myself to lies and be used by those who wish to settle scores elsewhere?’

But will Dhoni actually think on those lines? To be on the safe side, don’t lay a wager.

To go back to 2007. With the senior pros opting out of the first World T20, Dilip Vengsarkar, the chief selector then, straightaway gave the India captaincy to Dhoni.

Just over a year later, Dhoni was the captain across formats.

Dhoni’s critics may differ, but that Vengsarkar-initiated move turned out to be a game-changer.

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