Fatullah: There was a feeling of deja vu as Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday took Amit Mishra to the cleaners during a net session here, much like former skipper Sourav Ganguly would do with Murali Kartik a few years ago. In 10 balls during a particular phase, Dhoni hit Mishra for half a dozen sixes and at least four boundaries which could qualify as near-about maximums. (Click here for latest on ICC World Twenty20)
The manner in which Dhoni hammered Mishra into submission could be a reason as to why the skipper is reluctant on inducting the portly Haryana leggie into the playing XI. Ganguly, in his heydays, was brutal on left-arm spinners. Many believe that it is precisely the reason Kartik's Test career ended with just eight matches between 2000 and 2004 as the 'Prince of Calcutta' never faced any problems while facing him at the nets. (Warm-up preview: India vs England)
Ganguly had on numerous times clobbered Kartik in domestic matches. And with Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh in his ranks, Ganguly never considered Kartik a good enough option in either domestic or foreign conditions. One felt the same while watching Dhoni bat against Mishra when the Indian team trained ahead of their World T20 warm-up game against England.