One Last Time: It’s your Captain: MS Dhoni

The world remained astounded with the news of retirement of their very own, one of the favorite Cricket players and Captain, Mr. Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Very well known as MS Dhoni by his fan club, an Instagram video was shared by him on 15th August under the caption: “Thanks – Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”

Well here are a few details about his wonderful career:

MS Dhoni is the former captain of the Indian cricket team who on the very occasion of Independence Day announced his retirement from international cricket, turning over on a near 16-year-long storied career of one of the country’s greatest limited-overs cricketers. He retires as India’s most successful captain in limited-over internationals, having won three ICC trophies – 2007 T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy – the only captain to do so.

When it comes to leadership, cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is regarded as one of India’s most successful captains. The achievements by his team have been often called off as “Sheer luck” but experts have commented that a closer analysis indeed establishes MS Dhoni to be one of the greatest leaders of the game.

How? Let’s have a closer look at his Lifestyle and Career..

As a player, Dhoni never let his background and upbringing interfere with his perseverance and want to succeed. As a captain and a leader, his greatest attributes include not holding back but also being true to himself.

His leadership style resembles that of an “exceptional” from the “level six of leaders”, and offers vital lessons to many youngsters at all levels, across all fields – from the corporate world to the sporting world.

Below are the top 5 qualities in him that set him apart from the rest of the leaders:

  • Calmness

Well, it isn’t without reason that he was called ‘Captain Cool’ for anything! He wasn’t one to surrender to the pressure and his ability to make rational decisions in the toughest times heightened this quality. Therefore, it is important for a leader to remain calm in the most strenuous situations to restore faith in the team and manage any kind of situation with ease. We may encounter hundred many problems and find ourselves caught up in a situation where we don’t know what to do, but it is only in times like this that we must know how to remain calm and composed.

  • Stay Grounded and handle success
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One may have money, fame and success, but being in the hearts of people and becoming an inspiration is what counts. And it must rightly be admitted that Dhoni was just too good to be true!! He earned fame and money at very initial stages of his career but he didn’t let that change his attitude and always remained humble. A great front-runner earns respect but doesn’t command it – the way MS Dhoni has handled his success is extremely commendable. Those who gain success too early, often tend to lose their balance and fail to maintain the steady growth to the path of leadership.

Also, one would have never seen him getting depressed after a defeat or jumping with exhilaration after a win. He knows in-and-out that losing and winning are part of the game. Even after achieving everything in world cricket, he never lost his ground and that’s why he is one of the most respectable cricketers in the world. One should learn to acknowledge the success, accept failures and bounce back.

  • Handling failure

As vital it is to be able to handle success, it is equally imperative to be able to handle failure.

In the 2011 World Cup, Dhoni and his team were spectacularly successful but suffered a string of losses then after. He fought back simply by playing well and sportingly. He enlightened in his BCCI.TV interview:

“The 2011 World Cup: This had a different challenge. Those 15 players who formed the squad not only had to play their best cricket for that period but also be in a really good mental state. They needed to stay calm amid all the pressures and constantly concentrate on the areas they needed to improve on, despite all that was going on around them. Fitness again was very important and difficult to maintain given the amount of cricket we play.”

  • Be the Frontman
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They say, a great leader always leads from the front. On numerous occasions, Dhoni has single-handedly won matches for India. The best example is the innings played at the 2011 World Cup Final at Wankhede, Mumbai. He came in at the right time, supported his players and played a decisive role in ensuring India’s victory.

  • Be a Team Player First

A front-runner is as much as part of the team as the rest of the members. He always supported his players at all times with trust and confidence and stood up for them when needed. The confidence that he created among his fellow team members helped them deliver their best. This consistent and Unfailing support gave upon them a responsibility to perform well.

A thing to remember: Dhoni’s life story is of an ordinary man having extraordinary dreams and making those dreams come true. He is a role model for every leader and we have lots to learn from him. India is surely going to miss watching Mahendra Singh Dhoni leading the national cricket team to yet another victory.

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