Recently Dhoni has been taking a lot of heat for his poor performance in Tests abroad (both as batsman and as captain), his differences with Sehwag, his handling of seniors in general etc. I am sure everybody will start kissing his feet if he wins the T-20 world cup again. But somehow I find it hard to appreciate Dhoni or rejoice in his success.
Maybe I hate him because he has an unorthodox method to cricket. His helicopter shot is one of the most unpicturesque shot ever. His batting doesn't have that touch of magic that Dravid or Sachin have. But this cannot be the reason as I loved his batting before he became captain.
Well maybe I don't like the fact that he defies all logic and plays like a buffoon converting easy winners into nail biting finishes. But he can be forgiven for that because in-spite of giving tense moments to the fans he manages to steer the team to victory most of the time. I should rather say that I enjoy those close matches (only if India wins).
After much thought I understood why I hate him so much. It is under him that my favourite player Dravid lost his place in ODI's in-spite of being in good form. I hate Dhoni because it is under him Dravid lost his ODI place, it is under him Laxman retired (I don't see the connection directly, but I feel Dhoni is responsible) and it is under him Sehwag is likely to loose his place in Indian team. Maybe, the only reason I hate Dhoni is because under him I see the cricketers I adored while growing up are getting replaced by youngsters.
Regardless of my silly hate towards Dhoni, if you ask me I'll keep him as India's captain as he brings some lucky charm to the Indian team (I was convinced of this when his Chennai Super Kings made it to IPL-semis miraculously this year). All I want is that he should allow Sachin and Sehwag (the only players remaining from the Azhar-Sachin-Ganguly era) to retire gracefully.