Of late, England have been feeling the punch of those robust hits. Their bowlers just about bring things back from nowhere and then appears the Ranchi ironman. Dhoni just keeps hitting them modestly out of the park, like an irresistible force.
No doubt India needed this 5-0 scoreline to somewhat heal the pains of that midsummer nightmare in England. The scars of the 0-4 Test drubbing will never go away, but there is some solace in avenging the ODI whitewash. It came from the bold arms of a strong man.
With 212 runs in four innings without being dismissed even once, the India captain has led from the front in what was a redemption series. Dhoni has categorically avoided questions on "revenge" but in his own not-so-eloquent ways, he has ensured that his team salvaged something. Most importantly, it was he who did the job at crucial junctures. Be it in the series-clincher in Mohali, or the pivotal 75 not out at Eden Gardens on Tuesday, Dhoni slaughtered England with the calm perseverance of a man who knew what he had to do.
Numbers are not always necessary pointers, but men who lead by example make them count. In the last 15 overs of the Indian innings on Tuesday, Dhoni got to play just 41 balls. And what he did out of them eventually made the difference between a 230+ score and the 271 India got.