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Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has suddenly gone from being a favorite with Indian fans to being the thrashing boy of Indian cricket.

Dhoni did make some strategic errors in the Super Eights stage of the T20 World Cup 2009 in the matches against West Indies and England, and now the most popular opinion is that MSD is no longer ‘Captain cool/courageous/charming’, and so on. Dhoni has also now realized how tough life can be for an Indian captain if things don’t work out for the team in an international tournament.

"Dhoni is no more the calm and composed captain. He has lost it and it was visible from his conduct with the media on Virender Sehwag's injury. Over confidence was clearly visible on his face.
"He has made a number of captaincy errors during the tournament. I don't see any reason to push back your in-form batsman (Yuvraj Singh) in the batting order in such a crucial match. He should have gone at number three position in place of Suresh Raina.

"Even dropping Pragyan Ojha was a wrong decision. Instead of him Ishant Sharma should have been dropped, he did very little in this tournament as well as in the IPL."

"As captain, Dhoni failed to set examples, he was terribly out of touch. In yesterday's match also, it was Yusuf Pathan who brought the match close and not Dhoni.

"The decision to send Jadeja up the order ahead of Yuvraj Singh was also baffling because he had not played in the tournament. I think we were also over-dependent on Yuvraj. My analysis is that we would have been eliminated much earlier had he not performed.

Cricket crazy India sat up till middle of the night yesterday in the hope that the cricketing gods will deliver again. That was not to be because 'Mahi' and his boys committed hara-kiri against England at the 'Mecca' of cricket, Lords.

Matches are won and lost in sports. But what harm the fans most was the method in which India surrendered in the games against West Indies and England.

Let’s not forget that the very same Dhoni had earned plaudits from critics and fans alike for his strategic brilliance. Remember, throwing the opening ball to a novice Parveen Kumar in the 2007-08 Commonwealth Bank Series or asking Suresh Raina to bowl in the middle overs for the Chennai Super Kings. The risk-taking attitude and the mood to experiment were always there, but it’s only now that the decisions are misfiring.
The result we find in the end and pay a heavy pricefrom exit this t20 world cup.
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Dhoni's still a good captain IMO. It's not an easy thing to captain in T20 and every mistake you make you are punished for so he shouldn't be criticized too much.
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