Former Indian captain MS Dhoni, who earned the tag of being “captain cool”, opened up about the secret to his calm demeanor.
He admitted that he was also a victim of the frustration and anger like everyone else, but he always tried to put these aside as unimportant.
“I would say, I feel equally frustrated. I also feel angry at times, disappointed. But what is important is that none of these feelings are constructive,” Dhoni told PTI.
Dhoni has been one of the most successful captains for India. In limited over cricket, his record stands apart as captain with the number of wins as well as number of trophies won. In 199 ODIs under the captaincy of Dhoni, India have recorded a win percentage of an impressive 55.28% with 110 wins. In T20Is, he boasts of a better win percentage- 56.94%- winning 41 out of 72 matches. To top that, India lifted the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup and the 2013 Champions trophy.
It was during this time that, he made a name for himself as “captain cool”, where he showed some utter calmness in some extreme situations.
Speaking about his calmness, Dhoni said that it was all about thinking what needs to be done next, which helps him diverting his mind from the tensions around.
“What needs to be done right now is more important than any of these emotions. What is the next thing I can plan? Who is the next individual, whom I can use? Once I get into it, I am controlling my emotions in a much better way,” Dhoni said.
Dhoni gave up his captaincy rather surprisingly after captaining India in 199 ODIs. He also made an abrupt retirement from test cricket and concentrated on his limited overs career. While it was widely regarded that the 2019 World Cup would see him playing his last international game, it was not be. However, he is yet to play competitive cricket after his retirement.