MS Dhoni in ICC’s version of John Lennon’s classic Imagine

first_imgFor quite a lot of cricket fans, it’s going to difficult to “imagine” the sport without MS Dhoni. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, 38, is at the twilight of his career but still is one of the most followed cricketers going around.And the International Cricket Council (ICC), in its version of John Lennon’s iconic track “Imagine”, foresees a cricketing world without MS Dhoni and says “it’s so very hard to do”.Here’s ICC reimagined version of “Imagine”Imagine there’s no umpire, it’s easy if you try. No one to signal boundary, or raise both hands to the sky. Imagine all the bowlers, running in all dayyyyy… Imagine there’s no Dhoni, it’s so very hard to do. No one to catch or stump you, and no banter, too. Imagine all the batsmen, running twos and threeeeees. You may say I’m a seamer, but I’m not James Anderson. I hope some day you’ll edge behind, and the cordon will appeal as one! Imagine there’s no winter, I wonder if you can? No need for nets or covers, just working on that tan. Imagine all the matches, played all year rounddddd… Ooooohhhh [everyone now] You may say I’m a seamer, but I’m not James Anderson. I hope someday you’ll edge behind, and the cordon will appeal as one!Virat Kohli’s young Team India has made it clear Dhoni is indispensable for India’s World Cup plans not just for the experience he brings in to the middle order but also for his ability to read game situations and provide tactical inputs to his teammates.advertisementDespite the passing years, Dhoni glovework is as quick as a flash and is certainly the most-talked-about aspect of his game these days. HIs ability to get opposition batsmen stumped with his lightning-quick reflexes are a delight to watch.Dhoni was at it again on Sunday as he stumped New Zealand opener Tim Seifert in the third T20I of the recently-concluded three-match series at Seddon Park in Hamilton.Dhoni took just 0.099 seconds to effect it. As the ball left Kuldeep’s fingers and passed the bemused Seifert at the batting crease, Dhoni removed the bails in a flash.Dhoni proved he is a champion who puts his country above anything else when he made sure the Indian national flag doesn’t touch the ground even as fan holding it ran onto the ground and tried to touch the superstar cricketer’s feet.On Sunday, Dhoni played his 300th T20 match. He became the 13th cricketer to achieve the feat joining Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Ryan ten Doeschate, Dwayne Smith, Albie Morkel, Ravi Bopara, Sunil Narine, Sohail Tanvir and Luke Wright.Also Read | ICC’s advice: Never leave your crease with MS Dhoni behind the stumpsAlso Read | Virat Kohli will go down with Viv Richards as one of the greatest ever in ODIs: WarneAlso Read | Let’s make India want to play Pakistan: PCB managing directorAlso See:last_img read more