Former India captain MS Dhoni is largely acknowledged for his calmness and composure. Hardly has anyone seen him losing his temper on the field, and perhaps that’s the reason why Dhoni is called ‘Captain Cool’ by his fans.
In a recent event, Dhoni has opened up about why he doesn’t get angry on the field. The Ranchi-born superstar mentioned that he always tries to control his emotions as he is a human at the end of the day.
It happened after the veteran stumper asked the audience, “How many of you think your bosses are calm?”. When a few hands went up, Dhoni wisecracked: “Either they want to make brownie points, or they are bosses themselves.”
Dhoni then explained that making mistakes is a part of the game but getting angry about that is never a solution; instead, he tries to find the reason that led to the such mistake.
“Honestly, when we are on the field, we do not want to make any mistakes, whether 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). I had to see what the reason was (for fielding lapses),” Dhoni said on Livfast.
“If a player is 100 per cent 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,” he added.
Dhoni asserted that when they (cricketers) represent their country, it’s never a good feeling when one commits a mistake. The ex-India skipper observed that from the outside, it’s always easy to pass comments.
“I am also human. I would feel the same way inside, like you all felt. When you go out and play a match among yourselves, you would feel bad. We represent our country so that we would feel worse. But we always try and control our emotions. 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,” Dhoni added further.