Home > Features >

MS Dhoni: Of the joy of handling pressure and living up to expectations

Indian-cricket-captain-Mahendra-Singh-Dhoni-3
MS Dhoni’s vast experience holds him in good stead on the eve of the T20 world cup final © AFP

The ICC World T20 2014 final against Sri Lanka is just another occasion for MS Dhoni to reaffirm the iceman status says Abhijit Banare.

“Over the years that I have been the captain I have seen almost everything. There is nothing really that I have not seen in cricket. Controversies are big part of Indian cricket and I have been through all it. There’s hardly any good or bad in Indian cricket that happens without my name”

The statement was regarding what goes wrong off the field for India but one can’t miss the nonchalance with which Dhoni faces adversities and enjoys the success without a fuss. As he takes on the Sri Lanka in yet another World Cup match, its task as usual for Dhoni. What everyone sees as a big final or pressure situation, for Dhoni it’s yet another opportunity to sharpen his skills and emerge victorious. There’s no surprise that these qualities automatically rub off on the entire team every time he leads the team. His team was busy playing barefoot football and enjoying themselves ahead of the final whereas on the other  hand Sri Lanka were sorting out their mind over dealing with the fear of losing in yet another final.

The captaincy experience

For a moment, let’s keep his impressive records in the 50-over format aside. Dhoni’s long experience in the shortest version of the game itself holds him in good stead to ease through any situation. He has captained Chennai Super Kings in 114 matches and won 68 of them. And add 26 from 48 matches won leading India. For those with even a little understanding of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will realise that a pressure situation and close matches becomes a habit for whoever has been there for long. It’s quite natural for Dhoni to act normal and execute his plans under any pressure circumstances.

Of all the skills and talent we speak of in the shortest format, cricket has been mostly won in the mind more often than not. How many times have we seen Dhoni outclass the opposition with his captaincy? Just like the ability to work out the permutations of a chase comes naturally for Virat Kohli; the shuffling of bowlers, giving inputs for the for the bowler from behind, identifying the field placements comes naturally to the iceman Dhoni. And the more he succeeds under pressure, the better he gets with every occasion in big match situations.

As mentioned here about the challenges of ODIs and T20 captaincy, Dhoni has developed a on-the-foot strategising ability in limited overs which very few have managed. And after giving a thought on the being the captain, Dhoni is equally efficient with his responsibilities with the bat and keeping.

On Sunday, the World Cup final against a familiar opposition would mean that Dhoni would have already won half the battle in his mind, and will hope that the rest in the team execute as per plan. He has already won numerous matches against Sri Lanka in a crunch situation and the World T20 final won’t bother him one bit.

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

AB de Villiers praises team after win in 1st ODI

Pakistan hold advantage at stumps on Day 3 of 1st Test against Australia

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Laxmi Ratan Shukla to lead Bengal ODI team

David Warner feels lucky to have equalled Don Bradman’s record

Kapil Dev’s Dev Musco Lighting accused of inflated costs by GCA

VVS Laxman advises budding batsmen to score big hundreds

Pakistan hold advantage at stumps on Day 3 of 1st Test against Australia

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Spin hunt continues for visitors

Sarfaraz Ahmed may have trumped the Akmals as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman across formats

Don Bradman — even if every chance he ever gave in his career was accepted, he would still remain head and shoulders above the others

Len Hutton’s hundred gets reported as illness

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here