MS Dhoni Reveals How He Controls His Anger In Panic Situations
By CricShots - Oct 16, 2019 7:47 pm
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Former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni has never been known for displaying emotions on the field, but he feels as strongly as anyone else, just that he is good at controlling the negative ones a lot better than most. His calm demeanor earned him the name of ‘Captain Cool’ of Indian cricket but the two-time world champion leader said he goes through the entire range of emotions at every triumph and debacle. 

MS Dhoni during the event

During the sidelines of a promotional event in Delhi on Wednesday, Dhoni said, “I am like everyone else but I control my emotions better than some of the other individuals. 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’s future has been one of the most talked-about topics ever since India’s semi-final exit from the World Cup in July. He is on a sabbatical right now and he feels finding solutions rather than cribbing about the problems is what works for him.

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MS explained, “What needs to be done right now is more important than any of these emotions. If it’s a Test match, you have two innings, you get slightly longer duration to plan out your next move. In T20s, everything happens very quickly, so demands are different. It might be an individual, who has committed a mistake or it might be the whole team. Maybe we didn’t execute the plan whatever the format maybe.”

Dhoni explains how he controls his anger

Dhoni knows a thing or two about winning big tournaments and he reckons it’s more about the team goals than individual performances. He then recalled how during the 2007 ICC World T20 in South Africa, the team strategized the famous ‘Bowl Out’ against Pakistan.

The former Indian skipper explained, “There was something particular about that World Cup. The ‘Bowl-Out’ was one of the things. Before every practice session, we would practice ‘Bowl Out’ before or after the warm-up. We said it very clear, it is for fun but at the same time, whoever hits the wicket most number of times, we will use him if the situation arises.  It has got nothing to do with I am a bowler, this is my job. It’s like a performance thing and we will keep doing it every day and whoever has the best hit-ratio are the ones who will be used.”

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Dhoni feels that team effort can never be discounted despite the many individual performers. 

MS elaborated, ” In a team sport, everybody has a role and a responsibility. Throughout the T20 World Cup, the roles and responsibilities given to individuals were fulfilled in the best manner possible. That was the reason we won the tournament. What you want is for everybody to contribute. That one wicket at that right moment, that outstanding catch.”