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Mediocrity does not exist in MSD’s lexicon

In a chat with Subhash Rajta, Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni said he would rather use his energies into field placements and bowling changes rather than trying to get someone's focus back into the game.
Hindustan Times | By Subhash Rajta, Durban
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2009 01:18 AM IST

A few days ago, Yuvraj Singh said captaincy was making him angry though he didn't know why. On Wednesday, M.S. Dhoni too spoke of losing his cool but had an explanation ready.

“It’s difficult to control your temper when you see immensely talented players not making full use of the gift and not achieving what they could,” said the Chennai Super Kings captain.

Understandable for a player who has used every bit of talent to get to where he is now. “I try to give a right platform to every talented player, but when I see him still not working hard at his game, it makes me really angry,” Dhoni said.

The skipper, however, is seasoned enough to realise that one can have a bad day in office. “It’s not performance with the bat or the ball that bothers me. What puts me off is when someone messes up with the basics. For instance, I have to grab the attention of a fielder at the boundary line. It's a 20-over game and it shouldn't be tough for anyone to have complete focus right through.

“I would rather use my energies into field placements and bowling changes rather than trying to get someone's focus back into the game,” Dhoni said.

He also felt that expressing anger was sometimes essential to get the message across. Dhoni took it out on his bowlers when they allowed Kolkata Knight Riders to chase down a seemingly invincible total on Monday.

However, their display against the Kings XI on Wednesday left him more than happy. “Bowling was one area where we were struggling. But they chipped in with a super performance, and I am sure it will boost their confidence for the semi-final and, hopefully, the final,” he said.

Dhoni acknowledged that the Super Kings would be tough to beat if they play to their potential in the remaining games. “But then 15 minutes of madness is enough to pour cold water on the good work done so far,” he warned.

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