The news of Dhoni’s retirement from the Limited-Over format of cricket comes in at a time when the next generation of cricket players are ready to take up the charge. Virat Kohli, the incoming captain, has already made it clear that the task ahead would not be easy because Dhoni left a remarkable legacy as a captain. Dhoni has proved that leadership isn’t easy, and you must be willing to take risks and stretch yourself to win as a team.
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Dhoni is a believer in experiential learning. Here’s what he said on getting better, “I don’t study cricket too much. Whatever I have learned or experienced is through cricket I’ve played on the field, and whatever little I have watched.” The point is learning by doing is the best way to fasten the learning process. When you do something, you observe and form a model (or process) of it in your mind (also see Kolb’s Learning Cycle). Once the model is there in your mind, you further apply it in real life situations and thereby learn more. It is all about refining yourself day in day out with every passing experience.
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Dhoni has been criticised by people for supporting players who were out of form. When others saw an out-of-form player, Dhoni saw something unique and believed in the individual. It was this belief that transformed several players, including the incoming captain and arguably the best batsman in the world, Virat Kohli. Here’s what Kohli has to say about Dhoni – “He (Dhoni) was always the person who guided me initially and gave me opportunities. He gave me ample time and space to grow as a cricketer, saved me from getting dropped from the team many a times.”
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The most challenging task in leading a team is when you know that you are captaining a team of stars. With players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh et al. in the team, he had the challenge to drive the team to peak performance. His humility has helped the team bond with him. He has personally accepted losses and given credit to the team for the wins. Sachin Tendulkar himself has remarked, “He [Dhoni] is the best captain I have played under.”
We are going to miss MS Dhoni as our Cricket Captain!
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