#msdhonitheuntoldstory : Why MS Dhoni is an inspiration?
MS Dhoni’s Biopic is getting mixed response from the audience . There are two types of audience for any stars – the fans or the biased viewers and the neutral viewers. The fans obviously rated MSD’s biopic as a sensational one where as neutral audience rates it as Ok to Good category. #msdhonitheuntoldstory
This is the first, as far as my understanding goes, a biopic is made for an Indian cricketer. There are many other legends in Indian cricket but why MSD – what makes his special or why is he an inspiration for a large chunk of Indians. There are so many reasons.
After India won the world cup in 1983, under the ferocious captaincy of Kapil Dev, quality of Indian cricket was deteriorating, though there were great moments. Then In 1989, Sachin Tendualkar debuted which embarked a new journey in Indian cricket , probably a journey Indian cricket should not have started – giving Sachin the sole responsibility to win matches. There were some good moments of Indian cricket between 1990 – 2000 especially matches against Pakistan and Australia.
In the beginning of 2000 Indian cricket was on the hall of shame – with match fixing scandals and allegations of betting. And the Indian Captian Mohammed Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja were found guilty in the match fixing and they were barred from International cricket. #msdhonitheuntoldstory
Sourav Ganguly, the Bengal Tiger was appointed as the Indian captain, India saw an aggressive captain in Ganguly - he never hid his emotions , whether it is on the field or off the field. Sourav scored a glorious century in his first tour to Australia , the first Indian captain to do so. Ganguly has the dubious distinction of losing 19 finals by a captain but in the midst of losing the finals , he did win one final – that showed the character of Sourav Ganguly to the world – the Natwest Final . India was chasing a record 324 runs, half way through India almost lost the match but the heroics of Yuvaraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif helped India to script victory at Lords cricket ground. Ganguly, the exalted Indian captain took off his jersey at the Lords Dressing Room Balcony screaming the F**** word.
In 2007, Ganguly had to hand over his captaincy to Rahul Dravid who had a short stint as a captain, the early exit of Indian team in 2007 world cup had put a pressure on Rahul Dravid to resign . During that time, ICC announced the first ever T20 world cup – the seniors – Sachin,Sourav and Dravid decided not to be part of the squad and Dhoni was appointed as the captain.
The Turning Point of Indian Cricket.
The long haired Dhoni took over as the Indian captain – his unconventional batting style and macho looks attracted many. The first match against Pakistan was a tie, followed by consecutive wins and India was in the finals of T20 world cup. It was Pakistan again – two arch rivals once again. India Scored a moderate 154 runs and India was in control until 18th over and some late assault by Pak Batsmen brought down the equation - 11 runs of 6 balls.Pak has only 1 wicket in their kitty. And the next move by MS Dhoni was a game changer , people called that as a gamble.
Dhoni handed over the ball to unknown and inexperienced Joginder Sharma, the very first ball he balled was wide, followed by a six - Dhoni had a long chat with Joginder Sharma – he balled an Okay ball and the Pak batsman Misbah Ul tried a scoop shot, which was safely caught by Sreeshant and India scripted history by winning the first T20 world cup.
That was the start of Dhoni’s Captaincy – the captain cool’s journey. Dhoni was appointed as the ODI captain . In the 2008 Australia tour India won the ODI series and drawn the test match which was an incredible achievement , another feather on Dhoni’s cap.
Gary Kirsten was appointed as the Indian coach – the combination of Dhoni-Gary and Sachin were considered a force for Indian cricket. It had intelligence, depth and experience and expertise. Indian became the No 1 test team in 2010 under the captaincy of MSD. The Golden era of Indian cricket continued.
The best was yet to come.
In February 2011, ICC world cup started – India had a bad start though India didn’t lose any match, but their performances were not convincing and in the group stage India had to tie with England event after scoring a mammoth 338 runs. In the quarterfinals India beat Australia first time in the ICC world up and the stage was set for a clash between India VS Pakistan which India beat them comfortably, once again in the world cup.
The best was yet to come!
April 2nd, 2011 – The Final at the Wankade Stadium – India Vs Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka scored a competitive 274 against India in the final. Chase started, the most disastrous way, Shewag – the Swashbuckling batsman departed, out for a duck , followed by Sachin Tendulkar . Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir slowly and steadily built the innings and a brilliant catch by Dilshan marked the end of Virat Kohli.
For a moment Wankade stadium was slient, when they saw Captain Dhoni ahead of inform Yuvaraj Singh walking towards the crease. In the seven matches of the world cup Dhoni’s highest score was just 34, and here in the world cup final he promoted himself ahead of Yuvaraj – who was in great touch.
As Dhoni started the innings he struggled, his lack of technical skills were exposed, but he slowed down. He slowed down. He scored a few runs. Gautam Gambhir anchored the innings. India started sensing victory but it was long way to go. Gambhir scored a fifty, followed by the Captain. India was inching close to victory and Gambhir played a bad shot and got out. Captain Stayed. Yuvaraj the new batsman. He scored a few boundaries and equation came down to 11 balls 7 runs, Yuvaraj scored a single and it was Dhoni on the crease.
Probably, a lot of emotions – the controlled emotions – in him.Kulasekra bowling. A perfect ball by Kulasekra and a hell of shot to the history of India cricket, to the hearts of 60000 Wankede audience and for 1 billion Indians – Dhoni hit the most spectacular six to seal the deal – the world cup for India after 28 years. Emotions high. Hysteria everywhere. And Dhoni uprooted the stumps with “normal’’ emotions – team mates hugged him, crushed him with love and he slowly disappeared in crowd while Wankade was celebrating the victory and Indian team carrying Sachin on their shoulders.
You name it – Dhoni as a captain has all the cricketing titles under his belt.
Many Leadership lessons can be learned from Dhoni, you may call him :
The Gambler or the Risk Taker
The Result man
The Title man
The No Emotion man.
But I still wonder - is he a cricketer ?.As he often says, I never thought I play cricket, I never thought I play for India and finally his Buddha statement - Dont get attached to the results, enjoy the process. Easier said than done!