'Always easy to judge from outside': MS Dhoni reveals reasoning behind 'calm persona' as India skipper
Former India skipper MS Dhoni was candid about the reason for his calm demeanour on the field, and why he chooses not to get angry, saying that he tries to keep his emotions in check as he too is a human at the end of the day. Speaking during an event held by LivFast, Dhoni, often referred to as 'Captain Cool,' asked the audience 'How many of you think your bosses are calm?'
But keeping the jokes aside, Dhoni went on to explain the rationale for his calmness on the field, "Honestly, when we are on the field, we do not want to make any mistakes whether it's 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.
"There are already 40,000 people watching from the stands and crores of people watching the match (on TV, 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.
"I am also human. I would feel the same way inside as you all felt. When you go out and play a match among yourselves, you would feel bad. We represent our country, so 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."
The former skipper retired from international cricket in 2020 but is still a regular with his Indian Premier League (IPL) side Chennai Super Kings.