India is the hub of cricket. Every street cricket in the country has children who love playing cricket every day. Every child who plays street cricket dreams to play cricket for their country under or with their idols. MS Dhoni is among such players who have changed the face of Indian Cricket.
One of the most successful cricketers and captain in the world, Dhoni is known for his calm nature and cool attitude right from his starting days in the cricket.
In a recent book, it is described that MS Dhoni doesn't lose his calm even in difficult or intense matches.
In Bharat Sundaresan's new book -- The Dhoni Touch, Sundaresan revealed how Dhoni asked his teammates not to go overboard with their celebrations when India was on the verge of beating Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in 2008. Dhoni took this decision just after few days of becoming captain because he didn't want any player's morale to go down.
Talking about the 4th match of Commonwealth Bank Series in 2008, Indian bowlers Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth and Irfan Pathan bagged four, three and two wickets respectively. The Australians scored the total of 159 from 43.1 overs with help of Michael Hussey's 65 from 88 balls.
India were 102/5 from 28.3 overs with a young Rohit Sharma and captain MS Dhoni at the crease. The pair did manage to score runs but Dhoni then did something unusual, with only 10 runs left to win.
"It was only the fifteenth ODI as captain for MS Dhoni, and he was at the crease with Rohit Sharma. With 10 runs to win, he called for a needless change of gloves. In cricket, it's generally with a pair of gloves that you see information arriving from the dressing room. Dhoni was doing the opposite though. He was sending a poignant message back to the pavilion. 'Nobody will celebrate on the balcony once we win this match.'
"Meanwhile, in the middle, Dhoni was handing down instructions to Rohit, on how the youngster should conduct himself while shaking hands with the Aussies once the match got over. He wanted it to be as tepid as possible. 'When they give their hand, just firmly hold yours out without folding it like an obligation, but don't overdo it. And just stare blankly at them without any hint of excitement.'" wrote Bharat Sundaresan in his new book.
Ricky Ponting and his men believed that every loss was an 'upset'.
"This was Mahi's way of saying it's no big deal. My bowlers got them all out for 160 and we are chasing it down, usme kaunse badi baat hai (there's no big deal in it). If we celebrate wildly, the Aussies will be vindicated in their belief that this was an upset. We wanted to tell them that this is not a fluke. This is going to happen over and over again. The Aussies simply couldn't handle it. They were shaken,' a player from that tour revealed much later," adds Sundaresan.
Dhoni still remains the only captain in history to win all three ICC tournaments - the World T20 (2007), World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013).
Dhoni's recent scores in matches invoked questions but his team led by Virat Kohli is in support of Mahi and so are millions of fans.