MS Dhoni is one of the most successful Indian skippers. He has won all the three major ICC titles – 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. He was a leader who used to give youngsters enough chances to prove themselves. Besides, he used to gamble a lot with team combinations and strategies. Dhoni’s few gambles such as handing Joginder Sharma the last over in 2007 World T20 and promoting Rohit Sharma as an opener in limited-overs cricket paid off with brilliant results.
He used to do everything to motivate youngsters to do well. He never used to wash dirty linen in public. Besides, he has a gift of the gab that helped him to counter tough questions with ease. Remember how he made a reporter answer his own question on Dhoni’s retirement.
Well, Dhoni is truly a legend. Here’s another story why Dhoni can be considered as one of the greatest skippers to have played the game.
Have you ever noticed Dhoni holding the trophy post a win during team’s photo?
No! Not even in the 2011 World Cup celebration pics. You can spot him in a corner in the group pic. Well, that’s Dhoni for you.
But Dhoni also used to hand over the trophy to the youngsters post the win. Why did he use to do that?
Well, that’s another of Dhoni’s great leadership skills. In an interview with a news channel, Dhoni said he used to do that to appreciate them for their good work. “It’s just that, if there is any youngster in the team who has performed well in the series and you hand him over the trophy, it works as an appraisal for him. You are appreciating what he has done. It gives them a lot of confidence,” Dhoni was quoted as saying.
Dhoni said that this action of his would motivate the youngster to do well in future. “At the end of the day, we have won the trophy. It doesn’t matter who holds it. But if I hand it over to some youngster and I’m getting some assurance that he could perform better in the future by this gesture, then it’s a win-win situation for us,” he added.
Well, Dhoni, you won our hearts once again.