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The book does not have any narrative as such, and, instead, reads like a long, insightful match report. The book is at its strongest at the start. The book is peppered with interesting nuggets like this one: Dhoni developed a unique technique by playing with a tennis ball on yard pitches in Kharagpur, where he moved in for his first job as a railway ticket collector. On these pitches, bowlers consistently bowled yorkers and Dhoni had to learn to use his shoulders and forearms to dig the ball out—a skill that helps him today.

What is most enjoyable is viewing cricket through the prism of a wicket keeper. We are so used to stats about batting averages and wickets, but what about stumpings and catches? Granted, the man has a sensational story and the records are extraordinary, but for those who have watched his career blossom since he made it big, the second part of the book—a blow-by-blow account of his recent matches—is fairly drab.

The photographs are lacklustre. The stats that make up the appendix are largely irrelevant—since they change with every match, and will continue to do so till Dhoni retires—and more accessible online.

Instead, it explores the challenges of bearing the triple responsibility of being a specialist batsman, wicket keeper and captain. This story appears in the 12 July, issue of Forbes India.

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Captain Cool: The M.S.Dhoni Story

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? It must be my power, the bat speed I generate, and the swing of the bat Mahendra Singh Dhoni is as calm and unruffled a sportsman on the field as he is self-effacing off it. But brute strength, murderous form and a man possessed were some of the phrases that came to mind when, on 5 April in Visakhapatnam, he exploded onto international consciousness by becoming the first regular Indian keeper to score a one-day century. With his striking form on the day, his long locks visible beneath his helmet, red tints glinting in the sunlight, Mahi Dhoni had transformed from a boy Hailing from an obscure small town to a sports legend with the aura of a rock star. And yet, Dhoni was no child prodigy, no overnight success.


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