Dhoni Mark I. It’s hard to think of any other cricketer who had such a transformative effect on the sport in India. Previous heroes were gradual evolutions of each other. In Sachin Tendulkar, you could see shades of Sunil Gavaskar. When you watched Rahul Dravid, it wasn’t much of a stretch to connect him to Vijay Hazare. And VVS Laxman’s wristy magnificence invariably brought back memories of Mohammed Azharuddin at his peak.