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  1. Why MS Dhoni is an IPL myth

    MS Dhoni made India fall in love with T20 cricket. When he went to South Africa for the inaugural World Twenty20, in 2007, he was the new captain of a team that the Indian board did not even want in the tournament - India only entered in return for their bid to host the 2011 World Cup being allowed, despite being late. Three weeks later, India won an agonising final in Johannesburg against Pakistan. The country most suspicious of T20 was suddenly enamoured with it. At the Indian Premier League’s inaugural auction four months later, Dhoni fetched $1.5 million, more than any other player. He was both cause and effect of India’s infatuation with T20. Dhoni’s rise from the small city of Ranchi, which had seldom produced cricketers of note, encapsulated the democratisation of Indian cricket and the opening up of new opportunities for players outside the traditional power bases of the sport. His strokes - including his trademark helicopter, clunked through midwicket - were impudent. And, with his long hair and penchant for riding a Harley Davidson motorbike, Dhoni seemed to symbolise a new age of Indian brashness. This was also, of course, expressed through the IPL. Chennai skipper from the IPL’s inaugural season until their suspension after the 2015 season, Dhoni led the side to five IPL finals, including two titles. His side developed an extraordinary capacity to win tight games - a testament to Dhoni's dexterity juggling his bowlers from behind the stumps and, when Chennai chased, how he reliably eviscerated bowling attacks with clinical brutality at the death. And he did it all with an effervescence so great that Dhoni remains probably India’s most popular cricketer. Little wonder that Chennai, returning to the IPL, were so determined to bring Dhoni with them that they agreed to give him a 15 crore (£1.50 million) contract. On Sunday it was possible to glimpse why. Undeterred by his bad back, Dhoni shovelled and scythed a wonderful 79* against Kings XI Punjab, which included 46 from his last 16 balls. Yet even this near-miracle innings showed Dhoni's bad side in T20: his tendency to milk the middle overs, rather than attack with intensity. Until he exploded midway through the 17th over, Dhoni only had 33 from 28 balls - allowing Chennai’s asking rate to soar over 18 even with Dwayne Bravo yet to bat. Dhoni timed the ball sumptuously in the final overs of the chase; but he didn’t time the chase itself. Chennai lost. In T20, it was once said that if Dhoni batted until the end, his side would win. No longer. Before 2014, Dhoni’s sides won two-thirds of >T20 chases when he batted 15 balls or more; since 2014, his sides have lost the majority of chases in which he has batted 15 balls or more, even as chasing overall has become a more successful tactic. Dhoni still regularly sees T20 chases through to the end - it is just now the sight of him batting in the final over is no inoculation against defeat. As T20 scores have increased, Dhoni’s method has come to seem outdated. Now, the most successful T20 batsmen have no time for foreplay. In Chennai’s second game this season, Dhoni nurdled 25 from 28 balls, seemingly oblivious to the demands of chasing 203. It was the sort of innings that analysts would have classed as ‘match-losing’ were it not for Sam Billings’ stunning heist. Still, Billings, who entered the crease three overs after Dhoni, needed only 23 balls to make 56, which rather emphasised the point. For all Dhoni’s continued capacity for pyrotechnics at the death, teams - especially in India - now know how to restrict him in the middle. Across all IPL and T20 international cricket since the start of 2016, Dhoni has a strike rate of 149.7 against pace but just 105.9 against spin, according to Sports Analytics Advantage. That would be a huge problem for any batsman; it is especially so for Dhoni, who frequently comes in when spinners are bowling from both ends. Perhaps his fitness, long remarkable, is also waning a little as he approaches 37, rendering it more difficult for him to hare twos with his characteristic zeal. For all the allure of his helicopter shot, Dhoni’s limited overs career has been built more on being an extraordinary accumulator rather than an extraordinary hitter. Over the last two years, CrizViz find, the average top order batsman hits a boundary every 6.05 balls; Dhoni hits one every 7.16. If that sounds like an infinitesimal difference, the nature of T20 - especially as scores rise - is to amplify these minute contrasts. Which all explains why, as an IPL batsman, Dhoni is now rated as significantly worse than average. CricViz have a new statistic called match impact, which rates how many runs a player is worth, positively or negatively, against the average - based on when they bat, how many they score and, most importantly, how quickly they score them. In the IPL since 2014, even after Sunday’s striking, Dhoni’s average match impact is -4.2 - meaning that his average innings costs his side 4.4 runs compared to if an average IPL batsman had faced the same deliveries as Dhoni. Andre Russell, who occupies a similar role to Dhoni, has an impact of +5.7. More worrying for Dhoni is that far less-heralded - and cheaper - players who bat at similar times also have much better numbers. Yusuf Pathan, who went for 1.9 crore in this year’s auction (£200,000) has a match impact of +1.6 since 2014. Suryakumar Yadav, who has never played for India in any format, has an impact of +0.5; Manoj Tiwary, who has only 15 caps, has a positive impact too. For Rising Pune Supergiant last year, Tiwary regularly batted at four and Dhoni five. Tiwary scored more runs, at a higher average, and at a significantly higher strike rate. And yet, this season, Dhoni is being paid 15 times Tiwary’s one crore. The comparison, of course, is not exact: Dhoni is a wicketkeeper and is also captaining Chennai Super Kings on their IPL return. But of all middle order players in the IPL since 2014 who have played at least 15 innings, CricViz’s numbers find there is simply no player worse than Dhoni. While T20 analytics remain aeons away from baseball, analysts will be well-aware of the broad trajectory of Dhoni’s numbers and his dwindling returns in the last four years. Based on what happens on the field alone, there is no case for a team spending 19 per cent of their total playing salary on Dhoni. That Chennai chose to do so speaks of how, in the IPL, commercial considerations often still trump sporting ones; a side buying Dhoni are not just buying the cricketer but a brand with such cachet that it opens up new sponsorship opportunities. But there are now much cheaper ways of building a leading IPL side than around MS Dhoni. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2018/04/19/ms-dhoni-ipl-myth/
  2. (Did Afg recently beat WI?) Gayle taking revenge for his boys in maroon
  3. Slightly related, slightly off-topic, just found this to be quite shocking Why Do Haryana’s Old & Young Blame Women for Rape? https://www.thequint.com/videos/documentaries/rape-is-consensual-inside-haryanas-rape-culture
  4. Next time someone mention IPL is killing cricket...
  5. You're right I don't know too much about the Indian pseudo liberal. But I have a bit of idea what is considered a liberal view. If these so-called people only go about attacking Hindu's, maybe there is another label for them. The issue is tainting the idea of liberalism. Yes the cartoon was a tad outlandish. But it calls out the hypocrisy of religion and religious folk. And the reaction to adds more weight to the point. The fact that these pious people are more outraged about their feelings than a child being repeatedly raped is the concern.
  6. This! A fan may have built up some loyalty, but when you don't know whether your team will exist next year, you're not going to have that bond. Just enjoy the tamasha and forget about it 20 mins later
  7. Went searching for the magic delivery there rather than putting it in a good spot
  8. Errm what are Mumbai doing? Yadav is back to looking savage
  9. What's happening to India? Are people seriously heading down the path of Trump's America? Basically, all that matters is liberals being shafted so you can take joy in that while nothing improves in your life.
  10. I wonder how willing teams will be to trade players who are aware of team secrets / plans
  11. That partnership changed the whole innings. 61 in 22 balls. Rana played his part but Russell is brutal

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