MS Dhoni. What is that first thing that comes to your mind when you hear or read his name? Great Finsiser? Swashbuckling batsman? One of the greatest wicket-keeper of all time? Cool and collected? Technical genius? A cricketer with supreme game awareness? Three-time ICC tournament winner? Great Captain? Supreme Leader? A complete team man? All of them? Surely! And, I don’t blame you for that.
Mohit Sharma, former Indian fast bowler, who has played a majority of his cricket whether it is for the national team or for Chennai Super Kings, has echoed the same sentiments, in a recent Instagram session by his Delhi Capitals franchise.
Hailing MS Dhoni as a true leader, Sharma said that the 2011 World Cup-winning captain’s humility and sense of gratitude is what sets him apart from others.
“His humility and sense of gratitude is what sets him apart from other players I have played with. In sport, there’s a difference between a captain and a leader – I believe he’s a true leader,” Mohit Sharma told Delhi Capitals in an Instagram session with Delhi Capitals.
MS Dhoni always takes responsibility for his team’s defeat- Mohit Sharma
One of MS Dhoni’s biggest qualities has been how he always shied away from the limelight even in the biggest wins that India achieved under his leadership, while at the same time, he took all the blame whenever the team suffered chastening defeats and Sharma reckons this is why Dhoni is a true leader
“When the team wins, you’ll never find him anywhere prominently, but when the team loses, he’s always right in front, taking responsibility – that’s the sign of a leader and why I admire him so much.” he added.
Mohit Sharma played a crucial role in India’s 2015 World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand. The Men in Blue stayed unbeaten throughout the league-stage before eventually coming up short in the semi-finals against eventual champions Australia.
India’s three-men pace-attack- Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma- played a crucial role in their resurgence. Sharma claimed a total of 13 wickets across eight games in the tournament at an average of 24.15. Mohit Sharam was due to make his comeback to competitive cricket after having recovered from injury with the 13th edition of the IPL. But his comeback has been delayed with the IPL getting postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.