The Dhoni era: How Captain Cool's genius changed Indian cricket forever

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Dhoni, India vs New Zealand

The occasional bulging of the eyes, the annoyingly incessant fastening and unfastening of the gloves, the odd tilt of the head behind the stumps, the look up to the heavens, the thumb reaching out for the periphery of the left eye, the flapping of the shoulders in one sudden circular motion. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has the mannerisms of a man about to be hauled up and put in a dental chair for an entire week. And then, there’s the face. Inscrutable. Serene. Godlike. The body screams nervous surrender, the visage looks ready for war — a strange dichotomy that is a Dhoni ...