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M S Dhoni helps India smash the Aussies in the final ODI
So finally, India has managed to beat Australia and win the series 2-1. What a delight to see this 37-year-old mentor of Team India smashing the ball over the boundary in his patented manner.

It was fascinating to watch MSD displaying his unabated batting skills in his own cool and contented way. Not only has he been contributing in paving the way for the victory of Team India but he also makes sure that his counterpart on other side is also given equal opportunities to strike. This is possible because MSD has never thought of making his own records but instead gives his best to ensure that the Indian Tricolour always flies high.

MSD has become an icon as the best finisher of Team India. So much has been written on his batting skills that there is nothing new left to be elaborated but I just intend to highlight the excellent level of his self esteem, confidence and above all the spirit to register India's victory on every given chance.

His ability to judge the ball and yield the most out of it is par excellence. His patience and commitment have virtually become a benchmark for any upcoming cricketer. But the most interesting part is that perhaps in his mind he sets up a target for every over and follows it through vigorously. This is possible because over the years MSD has learnt to chase any given target under any challenging circumstances. This also becomes possible because he is so confident of his skills as a finisher that he hardly bows to any given pressure. Rather he always tries to execute a couple of boundaries against every bowler so as to put the pressure on the bowler instead and most of the times succeeds in compelling the bowler to make mistakes and encash them.

He has become so trustworthy that every single commentator and expert always openly admits that as far as he is batting on the pitch no given target is beyond his reach. Many a times it has been noticed by one and all that even if the tailender is batting on the other side under tense situation, MSD not only guides him well but times his shots so perfectly that if needed he remains on the strike as and when required. In this exercise, he very often directs the batsman on the other side as to how to go in for a cheeky single and rotate strike. But another reason for his ability to ensure his team's victory is that he has got a very good control over the temptations offered by the bowler to go in for a big hit and give an easy catch.

Normally he ensures that instead of taking unwanted risk especially in the dying overs he rather ensures that whenever possible he gets a boundary to ease off the pressure of hitting every ball. This is due to his meticulous calculation and self-confidence that he knows if need be he will be able to strike a big hit in the last ball.

Another advantage to his credit is to judge the field placement and instantly improvise to get best of every shot. On a personal note I always admire his excellent foot work. Of course, with so many winning shots to his credit, his running between the wickets is fairly comparable with a crouching tiger. Yet he is so calm, composed and having total down to earth attitude, that he has become a role model in the world of cricket.

Finally with so many records, rewards to his credit, he is still so humble that even his arch rivals give him full regard. By virtue of his uncomparable contribution to Indian cricket as a captain, wicketkeeper and reliable batsman, he is the legend who will be always remembered most respectfully forever. As I am going to conclude, one of his fans has displayed a banner with a slogan "Never retire MSD". What else can anyone ask! This nation will be grateful forever, sir!!

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