London: As he led India to a historic World Cup victory, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been described as the "modern icon" of the country, by the Sunday Telegraph.
After struggling with bat almost all thorugh, Dhoni played a fabulous captain`s knock of an 91 not out to lead India to its second World Cup title, last night.
An article in the British newspaper read, "The prolific Tendulkar may be India`s national treasure but Dhoni is their modern icon. Dhoni is Mr Confident. But even more so he is Mr Cool. He exudes a kind of karma under the most intense stress.
You see it everywhere. Behind the stumps, in press conferences, at the crease."
The writer credited Dhoni and coach Gary Kirsten for turning the Indian players into a unit of world beaters. "He, and departing coach Gary Kirsten, have created an
environment which has enabled India to conquer the world. He is individual and unflappable. He doesn`t play by the rules. He encourages everyone to be themselves. He announces unexpected selections (or non-selections) with a chuckle and a simple explanation, he unveils surprising bowling changes - Tendulkar and Virat Kohli and a couple of mid-innings overs yesterday - and he suddenly rejigs the batting order.”
"He has been responsible for the rejuvenation of Yuvraj Singh, India`s man of the tournament. He gave Yuvraj a key role with the ball and his confidence and prowess returned with the bat."