Exclusive - MS Dhoni Played Cricket Like Chess, Read Opposition's Mind: Kirti Azad

Exclusive – MS Dhoni Played Cricket Like Chess, Read Opposition’s Mind: Kirti Azad

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Courtesy: Twitter)

MS Dhoni has a mindset which could well be a case study for success. Dhoni won plenty of hearts during his playing career for his achievements and behaviour on the field. India’s 1983 World Cup winning squad member Kirti Azad applauded Dhoni on a stupendous career and said that he played cricket like the game of chess.

Azad said that Dhoni was a superb cricketer and a great of his generation. He also explained that Dhoni could read the opposition’s mind beforehand which gave him an edge over them and helped him to maintain his cool.

Kirti Azad
Kirti Azad (Courtesy: Twiiter)

“Oh! What a superb cricketer, every generation has a great and here was master Dhoni, captain cool. I mean, he would, have you played chess. In the chess when you make a move, you then think of the opposition sitting right in front of you, what is he going to do, whether he is going to move his bishop or knight or castle

“So you think of those two three moves ahead, if this happens you do that, and you could see MS has read the mind of the opposition. We would never see any kind of despair on his face, he was always cool, the best part is he always encouraged youngsters who played with him,” Kirti Azad told CricketAddictor in an exclusive interview.

Dhoni made a big name for himself by making the country proud with his achievements after coming from the cricketing backwaters of Ranchi. He has achieved immense success as a player and also grew up to be one of the most successful captains and achieved almost everything the ICC tournaments had to offer.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni [Photo-Twitter]
All the success had made him one of the most influential person on the cricketing circuit but he was not the same when he was first introduced to the national team. Besides that, MS Dhoni has also been the go-to man for his teammates whenever he was on the field.

Dhoni understood the game well. He knew the strength of the side and backs his players accordingly. He did not takes any kind of frivolous decisions and likes to maintain his calm. It is due to these qualities Dhoni came up as one of the most calm and composed character on the cricket field.