MS Dhoni’s Approach To Cricket Is Spiritual: Sanjay Manjrekar

MS Dhoni’s Approach To Cricket Is Spiritual: Sanjay Manjrekar

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Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has hailed MS Dhoni for bringing glory to India — and the sport by his exceptional talent.MS Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket has left a big void in Team India. His lightning-quick reflexes behind the stumps and his genius decisions on the field will be very hard to find an apt replacement for a time being.

Dhoni has retired as the only captain who won all major ICC trophies (ODI World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy).

The cricketing world salutes MS Dhoni for the name he made for himself and his country at the biggest stage of the sport of cricket. MS Dhoni played his last game in the Indian colours during the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

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Sanjay Manjrekar Lauds MS Dhoni’s Calmness Under Pressure

The former Indian batsman and contemporary commentator wrote that MS Dhoni’s calm demeanour helped him a lot in carrying the team to winning ways. He also mentioned his iconic status today is more about his impactful captaincy than his batting or wicket-keeping skills.

“Dhoni’s iconic status today is because of the way he led the team. The 2007 World T20 was when MSD found this very special place in the hearts of Indian fans and he has been resident there since. It wasn’t so much his keeping or his batting in that tournament that caught people’s eyes, it was his captaincy. Not just his tactics—which were very good—but also his demeanour on the big nights.”

Sanjay Manjrekar, Ravindra Jadeja
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“India had won world titles in cricket before Dhoni, but the team could still get tense and nervous on the big days or near the finishing line. That stopped with Dhoni. Way back in 2007 we knew—Indian cricket had the calmest leader in the world on the big stage.

“I have done a few tosses with him before big games and this composure was palpable out at the pitch—Dhoni was approaching the big game like it was any other match. The same could not be said about many of his counterparts. That was Dhoni’s big gift to Indian cricket—to play the big final and treat it like any other game,” he said.

Why did Dhoni win so much? because he didn’t obsess about winning too much, like he didn’t worry about losing too much

The secret behind MS Dhoni’s success was that he didn’t care about winning or losing says Sanjay Manjrekar. He was focused on the process, not the outcome and that’s what helped him achieve greatness.

“Why did Dhoni win so much? My answer is: because he didn’t obsess about winning too much, like he didn’t worry about losing too much. He focused on the steps to get there—the process. Looking at the trophy in the distance longingly only gets you to stumble on your next step right before you.”

“Finally, how will I remember Dhoni the cricketer? Well, as one who was almost robotic in the way he handled the pressure moments in the game. I used to marvel at his presence of mind, his game awareness, his ability to stay in his bubble while the world was going crazy around him.”

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MSD has astonishing numbers for team India in 538 matches he has scored 17,266 runs, 16 centuries and 108 fifties. The former team India skipper had an early retirement from Test cricket back in 2014.

Dhoni made 90 appearances in red-ball cricket to score 4876 runs. MS Dhoni will be seen in action in the upcoming IPL 2020. He will lead his side to the 13th edition of IPL in September in the UAE. He has joined CSK’S training camp in Chennai before travelling to the UAE for IPL 2020.