MS Dhoni’s ability to hit sixes is widely known. With the potential to clear the balls over the fence either by shimmying down the track or by generating impeccable bat speed against the pace of the ball just by standing at the crease, he is a topper in that subject.
But Indian commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has said that MS Dhoni has lost his ‘Midas touch’ in smashing sixes as the former India opener questioned Dhoni’s ability to clear the fence when it matters the most.
Sanjay Manrejar recalls MS Dhoni’s golden days where the ‘helicopter shot’ man used to take the game to the climax and pull off the ropes from the jaws of the defeat.
Analyzing Dhoni’s passage of play, Manjrekar said that Dhoni is not the game changer as before. With Dhoni losing his sheen in six-hitting prowess according to Manjrekar, he said that Dhoni has become a rather dependent in approaching the game.
“He (Dhoni) is not the game changer as often as he was in the past. Earlier, he could tonk four sixes off six balls at will, now he can hit only one. He now has to rely more on others to win games,” Sanjay Manjrekar quoted in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.
Manjrekar also feels that if someone is waiting in the wings whose levels are a tad higher than that of MS Dhoni, then he has to be encouraged to take over MS Dhoni.
“If there is someone outside the team showing potential to contribute more than Dhoni does in his current form, it’s a matter to be discussed and debated, and without inviting angry and irrational responses. It’s healthy for the game and must not be stifled,” he told.