The Superman in Blue


The Superman in Blue

Illustration: Akshita Monga


ne hundred and ninety-nine ODIs as captain. One short of a well-rounded 200. An ellipsis, not a period; a choice not made; a neargasm.

The temptation to quantify achievement in whole, rounded numbers is universal. 100 crore! 100 days! This desire to be completists, to think in terms of neat numbers has always ruled our mindset, but only Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to have understood that a man’s contribution to a sport cannot be bettered with just another game. It takes guts – and a wise confidence – to go out at 199, to resist the attraction of a smooth 200.