MS Dhoni led Team India for a period of almost ten years and one of his most endearing qualities during that phase was the manner in which he handled even the trickiest of situations with a cool and calm demeanor. Such was Dhoni’s control over his facial expressions and emotions, that no one could fathom the actual position of India in the match by merely looking at his face, which is quite the opposite when you compare him with Virat Kohli.
But captaining a cricket-mad nation like India can get the better of anyone’s emotions. And there were several instances in Dhoni’s career too when ‘Captain Cool’ lost his cool. Gautam Gambhir, who himself was a hot-headed cricketer during his playing days, has revealed a few instances when Dhoni did show his emotions.
“People say that they have never seen him lose his cool, but I have on a couple of times. It was during the 2007 World Cup and in other World Cups when we haven’t done well. He’s human and he’s bound to react as well. It’s absolutely fair enough to do that. Even at CSK, if there’s a misfield or if someone has dropped a catch,” Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.
MS Dhoni is cooler than most captains: Gautam Gambhir
One such instance of Dhoni losing his cool during a World Cup, as Gambhir pointed out, came in the 2009 World Twenty20 when the former captain paraded the entire Indian team in the press-conference after reports had emerged of his rift with Virender Sehwag. Dhoni then proceeded to get involved in an argument with a journalist over the controversy around Sehwag’s injury. But Gambhir reckoned that despite those instances, MS Dhoni is certainly cooler than most of the other captains, especially him.
Yes, he’s cool, he’s probably much cooler than the rest of the other captains. Much cooler than me for sure!” Gambhir said.
Dhoni, who started his captaincy career with the 2007 World T20 triumph, went on to lead his country to several historic wins including the 2011 World Cup victory and the 2013 Champions Trophy where he became the first captain to win each of the three ICC events. He also led India to the No.1 rankings in Test cricket in 2009. MS Dhoni hasn’t played for India since the 2019 World Cup semi-final and speculations continue to galore around his international future.