In the recently concluded Australia Test series, the decider was at Bangalore, our unluckiest venue, where we hadn't won for 15 years! Then Dhoni lost his 9th successive Test toss in a row. How unlucky is that? We then lost 5 wickets for 9 runs in the first innings. How unlucky is that? On the final day, we were chasing a tricky 200 plus. We lost our first wicket early and in walked Cheteshwar Pujara. Everyone's hopes must have died. But we still won quite comfortably.
(The decision to send Pujara was seen as a disaster before he walked in and simply a ''fluke'' or''lucky'' after he hit a match-winning half-century)
We last won a bilateral ODI series against Australia in the 1980s. But on Sunday, when Dhoni walks into the Goa stadium for the final match, come a lost toss, a batting collapse or an unfair Duckworth-Lewis dice roll, there is no way we can lose the series.
Most call him Lucky. I call him the Luck Maker.
Image: Cheteshwar Pujara snapped during his knock of 72 on debut against Australia in the second Test in Bangalore