MS Dhoni in the Chennai Super Kings jersey Image: AFP
Soon after Sanju left a bad taste in my mouth, thanks to Ranbir Kapoor’s superficial portrayal of Sanjay Dutt and Rajkumar Hirani’s short-sighted attempt at giving Dutt’s public image a hasty makeover, I wondered what the sequel of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, which is reportedly in the works, would prove to be.
The first instalment highlighted the rise of the Ranchi-born boy from being a ticket collector at Kharagpur Railway Station to becoming the most eulogised captain of the Indian cricket team after lifting the 2011 World Cup.
Back in 2016, Dhoni had said the sequel of his biopic will only be a bundle of controversial moments from his life. Although he deservedly enjoyed a fine run of cricketing success after April 2011, he had his share of controversies as well.
So, we can safely assume that the makers won’t have to brainstorm round the clock to churn out an acceptable climax and several comeback stories which hopefully don’t reek of extravagance.
This will be, in all probabilities, the first Bollywood biopic to have a sequel to its name. How do you brace yourself for a first like this?
Most cricket fans are busy putting two and two together. We, too, tried our hands at it.
The Champions Trophy triumph in 2013 – June 23, 2013
This is the Mini World Cup, winning which established Dhoni as the greatest ever captain to emerge from India. He had taken Team India to victory at the inaugural T20 World Cup final in 2007, then the 2011 World Cup, and then this one. He also became the only Indian captain to have three ICC tournament victories under his belt.
This tournament showed another example of Dhoni’s cricketing wit, as he promoted Rohit Sharma up the order to open the innings in swinging conditions in England. Shikhar Dhawan, who was waiting for his claim-to-fame, eventually blossomed under Dhoni’s stewardship and won the player of the series award.
Winning the Asia Cup T20, 2016
Although not a triumph with which India should throw its weight around, this can be played up, especially the India-Pakistan encounter where Mohammad Amir left the Indian batting top order in a shambles. India obviously came back from there and went on to clinch the final against Bangladesh by an eight-wicket margin.
The Indian Premier League comeback
Before the start of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), MS Dhoni showed how he is extremely emotional about Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the team that finally made a comeback to the IPL after suffering a two-year ban over corruption charges and betting activities by the team’s key official, Gurunath Meiyappan.
This year, CSK had several senior cricketers who, people thought, would not be able to take the team to the title. But Dhoni being Dhoni, knew how to make the most of every player in his squad. The average age of the team was above 30. And it competed against teams such as Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals, which had the young guns best suited for the shortest format of the game.