Leeds: In the grey sideburns lies his cricketing wisdom that Virat Kohli so banks upon and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who turned 38 on Sunday, is all pumped to empty his tank and buy himself the best birthday gift possible — another World Cup triumph. One of the freeze-frame moments of Indian cricket is Sunil Gavaskar raising Kapil Dev’s hands at the Lord’s balcony on June 25, 1983. The best birthday present for Dhoni would certainly be Kohli and Rohit Sharma carrying their ‘skipper’ on a lap of honour at the Mecca of Cricket. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThat is if India make it to the final and then go the distance. Also, that is only if Dhoni sheds off his reluctance to let the emotions flow on what could be the most poignant day of his fascinating career. “We might celebrate his birthday on the bus on our way to Manchester,” Rohit Sharma said when a vernacular journalist kept on funnily ‘probing’ the Indian vice-captain to say something on the legend’s birthday. Skipper Kohli has time and again reiterated that Dhoni remains “his captain”, and it is no different in this whole Indian team set-up where the he enjoys unstinted support. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe team is insulated from all the talk surrounding his waning abilities as a batsman and the players trust their ‘mentor’. He remains the good old banyan tree under which the players find their shade and, at times, a bit of warmth, when professional sport becomes ruthless and lonely. Whether its Kuldeep Yadav or Yuzvendra Chahal being tonked by Jonny Bairstow or Angelo Mathews launching into Bhuvneshwar Kumar, they know that someone would sprint those 30 yards from behind the stumps, put an arm around their shoulder, and may be whisper a couple of words. It works like magic on occasions. On occasions, it’s just an assurance with unspoken words, ‘Don’t worry, you belong here’. Mohammed Shami disclosed after his hat-trick against Afghanistan that Dhoni’s suggestion to bowl yorker was spot on.
Dr Alastair Ritchie of the Bioengineering… The next time you suspect you are overdoing things mentally, a quick check of your nose temperature could prove illuminating. Scientists have discovered that a cold hooter is a sign of thinking too hard. In a new study, in which researchers used thermal imaging cameras on the faces of 14 volunteers while they carried out mental tasks, they found that the nose temperature of those feeling overwhelmed dropped by around one degree centigrade. The scientists say it as a sign that the brain is overworking, and has ordered that blood should be diverted to help neurons. Extremities, like the nose, suffer first because it take more energy to pump blood to them.