Friday, October 23, 2009

Dhoni, the phenomenon unravelled in a book

What makes Mahendra Singh Dhoni tick? Is it his incredible batting that sends perfectly pitched yorkers into orbit, or lightning glovework behind the stumps? Does it have anything to do with his numerous brand endorsements that many a Bollywood A-lister would envy? Or is it simply his rise from a modest background to the pantheon of greatness that endears him to a cricket-crazy nation?

Sports journalist C Rajshekhar Rao tries to unravel all this and more in Dhoni, an unauthorised biography by Ocean Paperbacks, by speaking to his coaches from junior days to former cricketers as well as near and dear ones from his hometown of Ranchi.

"I’m not his biggest fan," the author makes it clear at the outset during the launch of his book here. But he is just as intrigued by the flamboyant Indian captain as we are. “Anyone and everyone I meet have been impressed by at least one of his many facets.”

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