Ever since renouncing his captaincy, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been a subject of immense criticism and topic of great discussion among cricket pundits. There is no doubt that the Jharkhand cricketer who once thrived in the role of India’s finisher is now struggling to score at will. His 37-ball 49 in the second T20I against New Zealand was a testimony to that.
As India lost the second game in the three-match T20I series, the experts once again targetted Dhoni and claimed that he played too many dot balls early on, despite the asking-rate shooting off the roof. While VVS Laxman suggested someone younger should be tried in T20s, Virender Sehwag asked the team management to make Dhoni understand his “role in the team”.
But, what Dhoni lacks in the batting department now, he truly makes up for it in the other departments of the game. His fitness levels are great (watch him take those singles), his know-how of the game still makes him an ideal player on the field and his wicket-keeping skills are just marvellous. And, that’s probably why skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri didn’t hesitate to throw their weight behind the 36-year-old cricketer.
While people continue to talk in favour and against him, there hasn’t been a single word from the former Indian captain. Or, at least until now. Dhoni, who usually refrains from addressing such issues, finally broke his silence and expressed his views on the same.
“Everybody has views in life and it should be respected. It is representing the country which is the best motivation for me because we play cricket for only a span of time. You can play for one year to 15 years, some play 20 years, but in the life span, let’s say you live for 70 years, 10 to 15 years is nothing and that’s the only time you can proudly say that I’m representing my country. The biggest motivation is being part of the Indian cricket team,” he was quoted as saying by the Khaleej Times.
He also explained how the process has always been more important him than the outcome throughout his career. “I always feel you have to believe in your abilities and out of the 10 games, if you are winning six or seven that way, then it is the right thing to do. And I’ve always believed in the fact that process is more important than the result, so, I’ve not thought about the result, I’ve always thought about what is the right thing to do at that time, when it is 10 runs needed, 14 runs needed or five runs needed.
So, I’ve always been engrossed with the process that I never took that burden of what if the result doesn’t go my way. At the end of the day, once the match gets over, if I look into the mirror and honestly say that I tried my best, then I can accept the result,” explained Dhoni.
Dhoni was speaking during the launch of his first global cricket academy in the United Arab Emirates. Jointly launched by Dubai-based Pacific Sports Club and Aarka Sports Club, the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA) has been in operation for a couple of months at the Springdales School in Al Quoz.
Source of news : Mensxp