Friday, February 21, 2014

Is MS Dhoni the Harry Potter of Cricketing World?

Last few days, a thought comparing India captain MS Dhoni to Wizarding world legend Harry Potter has been crossing my mind. While it may seem far fetched, on certain points, parallels can most certainly be drawn between the two. Look for example the sports they play- Dhoni is the best player his team has in his position, Harry is the best player his team has for his position. Both have won their teams trophies on their own. However on the flip side, both have never been made accountable for what can be called off limit and shameful behavior, only being saved from the sack because of their perceived importance.

On any other day, I would never have even thought of comparing these two. However, when MSD came out and actually saw "positives" from the messed up New Zealand tour, where he could have done so much more, these comparisons- especially those where both have been given a long long rope- started to surface.
I have nothing against Dhoni the one day captain- he is the best in business, but just his passivity and tendency to throw away test matches just riles me. And despite him doing this for a long long time, he doesn't get the sack he deserves. For me, he should go as the captain of the test team, on his own, but stay in and around the team.

 The only other character who gets this long a rope is Harry Potter, and there the comparisons start to form. this long rope syndrome is the only reason i was prompted to write this anyway. I know that many will think that this is probably too stretched and compared, but hey, have a look from this point of view as well. Im giving a comparison table describing acts of Harry and MSD with some comparison parameters. Im not forcing them down your throat, but do have a serious consideration about it.

Point of Comparison
Harry Potter
 MS Dhoni








Sports Played
Quidditch
Cricket
Position
Seeker
Wicket Keeper
Status in team
Best player for his position
Best player for his position
Important Cups comparisons
Won the Quidditch Cup for the team when the senior most player in the team had his final chance (Oliver Wood)
Won the Cricket world cup for the team when the senior most player in the team had his final chance (Sachin)

Being handed captaincy even though not the seniormost in the team
Captain ahead of Angelina Johnson
Captain ahead of Viru, Gauti etc
Strange selections as captain
Selected Ron Weasley, his buddy when he was a pathetic keeper, prompting Slytherins to sing “Weasley is our King”. Picked Dean Thomas for a match- who was again his buddy.
Keeps picking pathetic non performing players such as Raina, Ishant, Jaddu etc as they are his buddies
Overlooking good players for to include his buddies in the team
Ron for Cormac MacLaggen
Ishant instead of Umesh etc,
Jadeja/Ashwin instead of Mishra etc
Winning Tournaments that he did not deserve to win
Triwizard Tournament- thanks to Voldemort and Cedric being killed
Champions trophy- thanks to rain and England choking
Luck factor
Incredibly lucky to have numerous narrow escapes
Incredibly lucky to have numerous narrow escapes
What happens when you leave them alone in impending danger
Loses his consciousness when he comes near dementors. Has to learn a new spell to overcome it
Loses his off stump/Edges to the slips when facing inswingers from genuine fast bowlers such has Steyn, Johnson etc. Has never learnt how to overcome it
Applying glaze and polish to victories after donkey work by others
Ron and Hermoine do all the hard work to reach the philosophers stone, he gets all the applause
Gambhir and Yuvraj and Zaheer do all the hard work in WC2011, gets all the applause for the final performance
Lack of killer instinct in duels
When he has his opponent down and out, uses the expelliarmus spell and goes on defensive
When he has his opponent down and out, uses square leg, deep midwicket and long on and sweeper and goes on defensive
Has a bigshot godfather who no one likes
Sirius Black
N. Srinivasan
Most popular person in
Gryffindor
CSK
Atleast 1 official wanted him sacked
Snape
Amarnath
What happens?
Decision overruled
Decision overruled
Being saved by others from tight situation he lands himself in
Number of times people like Neville, Ron, Hermoine, Sirius, Lupin, Dumbledore save him is huge
Number of times people like Sehwag, Yuvraj, Kohli, save him is huge
Invisibility
Tends to hide under the invisibility cloak to avoid trouble
Tends to wear an invisibility cloak to hide from media when team is in trouble/loses badly
Framed by someone close to his perceived god father
Peter Pettigrew
Gurunath Meyiappan
Is careless causing others to land in trouble
Sirius Black killed at Ministry of Magic when he goes to “save” him.
So many test matches “killed” when he goes to “save” them by batting carelessly
Occlumancy
Is utterly incapable of hiding what is in his mind from opponents who take full advantage of it
Is utterly incapable of hiding what is in his mind from opponents who take full advantage of it
Other irresponsible behaviour which would have have led to expulsion if it were done by others
Blowing up Aunt Marge by magic, Driving a flying car to Hogwarts, sneaking out of the castle into hogsmeade
8 test matches lost on the trot away from home, no overseas win in last 14 games and still has says “there are positives”
But what really happened?
Let off each and every time and never sacked thanks to intervention from people holding power- Dumbledore, Fudge etc
Let off each and every time and never sacked thanks to intervention from people holding power- N. Srinivasan, Jagmohan Dalmiya etc
Why?
He is untouchable as the chosen one
He is untouchable as the chosen one


Its probably time to say good bye to this MS Dhoni the captain, from the test team,

Instead, the Indian test team can do so much with this MS Dhoni the swashbuckling wicketkeeping batsman:



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