More often we have had seen MS Dhoni finishing things off in a grand style for Team India. His pragmatic approach, fantastic athleticism and philosophy set him apart from the other world-class finishers like former Australian batsman Michael Bevan. Over the years, he has been the fulcrum for Team India.
To justify his quintessential role, Dhoni averages 99.85 in the run-chase which has been instrumental in Team India’s success over the years. Recently, he drew flak for his waning finishing abilities, he knows how to make a return to
Interestingly, the renowned sports psychologist Rudi Webster back in 2006 revealed Dhoni would be at the helm of affairs for India. Back then, Indian National Cricket Team played under the guidance of Greg Chappell when Webster had a session with an astute thinker, Dhoni.
Clam in his approach, Dhoni’s stature lies in his will power, and his prediction level has earned him accolades which signify his mental strength.
Dhoni in his young days was known more for his hair strands. With the time, he stepped up as an influential professional to rule the roost. So much so, he might he adopted the philosophy of legendary Rahul Dravid, but he often set the tempo by emerging stronger than before.
MS Dhoni feels one should use pressure as an ‘advantage’:
The 37-year-old Dhoni who won coveted ICC trophies for India, believes there are certain ways to handle the pressure. He reiterated the pressure is an element in life and one has to be optimistic to excel.
“When you understand that pressure is part and parcel of your life and that there are things you can do to control it, you will face up to it in a positive way and use it to your advantage,” Dhoni was quoted as saying by the Mid-day.
In the ODI cricket, Dhoni has shouldered responsibility whenever the time was in dire straits. Well, his role is not defined by his dominance with the bat, but by his way of perceiving the things on the field, in particular.
The prominent figure in the Indian set-up has lauded the efforts of players while stating the players are enjoying each other’s performance while parking in a dressing room—to lay out the plans in a nutshell.
Helping teammates holds its importance: Dhoni
More often than not, Dhoni has himself nursed the youngsters who have had excelled with each passing game. To atop it, the latest example is in the form of spin duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
“The senior players in our team have helped the younger players to learn, develop and perform better. Individual performance is important. But how much better you help your teammates to perform is equally important,” Dhoni further added.
Regarding the piece of advice, Dhoni urges the youngsters to stay motivated in a bid to execute their plans to perform. Dhoni said the challenges further provide opportunities to those who are endowed with brilliance.
“Every player should regard the journey to success as an exciting and challenging learning experience. Even for the very talented players’ performance is a learning process that takes time, effort and persistence. If you are motivated to learn you will learn something new every day,” Dhoni further said.
Dhoni on mental control and performance:
According to Dhoni, they are the players with flair who fail to succeed in the top-flight cricketer. However, he reiterated the strength lies in controlling the things owing to a psychological factor.
“There are many players with talent and good technique who never get the success they deserve. I believe the missing ingredient is mental control — that’s my strength. The mind plays a very big part in a performance,” he further added.
The wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni, who has featured in 336 ODI to mass 10,366 runs, has never bogged down under pressure. He maintained pressure pushed him to give his best and hinted the pessimism derails the procedure to prominence.
“I love the challenge and the pressure. They have always pushed me to do well. People say a lot of negative things about pressure. Pressure to me is an added responsibility. That is how I look at it,” Dhoni concludes.
So far, announcing the retirement in the Test fold, MSD has set his focus solely on the limited-overs cricket. Also, he has 621 catches and 189 stumps to his name across formats