Dhoni: Qualities that make him the most successful Indian cricket captain

  • Nishant Andrews, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2014 18:57 IST

Cool and restrained on the field, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has scripted many victories for India, both as a captain and as a player. He is undoubtedly the most successful Indian skippers, having won two World Cups (T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup) and a Champions Trophy. He also has to his credit of taking India to the No. 1 position in all formats of the game.

As he celebrates his 33rd birthday on Monday, take a quick look on the qualities that have contributed to his success over the years:

Rising from a very humble background, Dhoni portrays this aspect of humility in almost every game of his. Congratulating the opponents on their victory, motivating the team mates, sharing the victory with the team, reflect the small bits of humility in the man. Though he never shies away from expressing his style on the pitch and thus manages to channelise this rustic energy on the field.

Maintaining the Egos
Becoming the captain of Indian cricket team, at the time when there were other more dependable choices, brought with it a lot of pressure and immediate responsibilities. Since then, Dhoni has been handling the team without any major rifts. Playing and heading a team of eleven players which is a mix bag of stars, youngsters and strugglers is big headache, handled well and smoothly by Mahi.

Mahi stands out as an icon for all leaders in terms of the outstanding ability to manage extremely stressful on-off field work environments. Maintaining composure and consistency through such periods, are invaluable qualities of a Mahi, which make him strong and dependable, to shoulder responsibilities.

Mahi along with his consistency is also known for being versatile. Dhoni carries with him experience of playing in all formats of cricket. Moreover, he is an all rounder, an expert wicket keeper, explosive right handed batsman and at times a responsible medium paced bowler. According to Mahi, versatility and adaptability are the key points for long term success.

If nothing then, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known to take chances and play the most crucial games based on his instincts. Sending out a spinner in the last overs and winning the trophy, is Mahi’s way of breaking stereotypes and creating style. To have the instincts of the field one needs to have in depth knowledge of the game and years of field experience to back him up, things which Mahi posseses in plenty. While many of his decisions recoil, still the team members, board officials believe in him and continue to trust his winning ways.

Taking cue from Mahi’s numerous qualities infringed in the fabric of his career life, one can know this man’s worth to the team. Thus wishing him all the best for future, we hope to see more lively cricket, more helicopter shots and more laurels added to the Indian Hall of Fame by Indian Cricket team under Dhoni’s able guidance.

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