Former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni has recently shared why he doesn’t show emotions on the field often, saying he always tries to control his emotions as at the end of the day he too is a human. Since retiring from international cricket, Dhoni has been playing only in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Recently during an event organized by Livfast, when the ‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni asked the audience “How many of you think your bosses are calm?”, a few hands went up. Looking at it, MS Dhoni quipped: “Either they want to make brownie points or they are bosses themselves.”
Talking about his on-field antics, MS Dhoni said: “Honestly, when we are on the field, we do not want to make any mistakes whether it’s misfielding, dropped catches or any other mistake.I always try and get into their shoes to figure out why a player dropped a catch or why somebody misfielded. Getting angry does not help matters. There are already 40,000 people watching from the stands and crores of people watching the match (on TV, and streaming platforms).”
Former Indian skipper elaborated, “If a player is 100 percent attentive on the ground and he misses a catch despite that, I don’t have a problem. Of course, I also want to see how many catches he took during practice before that..if he had a problem somewhere and if he is making efforts to get better or not. I used to focus on all these aspects instead of focusing on whether a catch was dropped. Maybe we lost a game because of that but the effort was always to try to step into their shoes.”
Acknowledging the fact that he does feel bad, MS Dhoni said, “I am also human. I would feel the same way inside as you all felt. When you go out and play a match among yourselves, you would feel bad. We represent our country, so we would feel worse. But we always try and control our emotions.”
He further added, “Sitting on the outside, it’s always easy to say we should have played in a certain way but it’s not easy. We are representing our country but the opposition players are also representing their country. They are there to play the game and a lot of times, there will be ups and downs.”
MS Dhoni also urged people to keep supporting India across sporting events because players work hard for years to get to the top and be counted among elite athletes.