Rajkot: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has had an extended personal high, particularly as a batsman, in limited-overs cricket. As a leader though, he has seen a downturn, punctuated by the odd win, for the past year and a half. It's a run that might have worn out many men, but Dhoni was firm that at no point had he doubted himself.
"I never question my ability," said Dhoni on Thursday (January 10), the eve of India's first One-Day International against England at Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Khanderi, Rajkot. "That's something weaker persons do - before others question you as an individual, you start questioning yourself. Self-belief is very important. And in a team sport, it's important that everybody keeps believing in themselves."
It's a belief that will be tested afresh as India embark on their first fresh series of the year, with five ODIs against England. Dhoni has faced a growing clamour for a change in leadership in the Indian team, and if results continue to go against India, there's no telling which way the wind might blow.