Former Indian captain MS Dhoni may not have played competitive cricket ever since India’s heartbreaking defeat to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-final, but the champion leader continues to remain the talk of the town. Fans were eagerly waiting to see their beloved ‘Thala’ in action in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League but unfortunately, things aren’t looking bright thanks to the COVID-19 situation.
Dhoni had a ten-year stint as an Indian white-ball captain and around six years as a leader in the purest format of the game where he saw incredible highs followed by soul-crushing lows. One can write an entire book on Dhoni’s leadership but this article solely aims at pointing out five less celebrated and talked about aspects of Dhoni’s reign as Indian captain.
Here’s a look at five Best Memories Of The Captain MS Dhoni:
5. Handing over trophies to his teammates after the win
Imagine! You have just led your team to a World title. And, you have done that by beating arch-rivals Pakistan in a fiercely contested encounter. The entire world is at your feet. Ideally, in such a scenario, most of us would want to make the occasion all about yourself. Not MS Dhoni! Dhoni believes in the process. And, when that process leads to a victory, what does he do next? He takes the trophy and hands it over to the future stars of his team and slowly fades into oblivion as his teammates bask into glory, hogging all the limelight.
Just look at the past World Cup winners photos and you’d find the captain central to it, basking in the glory with the trophy in his/her hand. And, then look at India’s triumphs in the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champion Trophy and you won’t see everyone but Dhoni basking in glory with the silverware. In-fact, Dhoni has sort of created a culture- of handing over the trophy to the youngsters- which the likes of Virat Kohli and stand-in captains like Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have duly taken forward.