Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s calm persona has deﬁnitely made a signiﬁcant impact on the Indian team intense situations which eventually resulted in victories. He stood by his team and gave individual attention to the players, inﬂuencing them in positive ways. Dhoni’s journey as a cricketer and captain is truly an inspiration to all.
His pragmatic approach and sensibility demand respect. Former England captain, Mike Brearley said, “Dhoni is a terriﬁc batsman, who always seems calm and conﬁdent. That helps to captain the team. He played the game in an excellent spirit and has clearly been respected by his team. He is a very competent and canny wicketkeeper.” Dhoni’s simple theory of leadership has what made him one of the best captains to hold that post. “Think Like A Champion”, Dhoni says, “The captain must lead by example to gain trust, respect and support his team.” Like a well-respected human, MS Dhoni practices what he preaches, making him one of the most respectable people of them all.
His inﬂuence on the game has gone far and wide. India for a long time searched high and low for someone who can ﬁnish off games on a high note. South Africa had Klusner, Australia had Bevan. But then arrived the man from Ranchi with his bravado and ﬂamboyance. Not only did he ﬁnish games consistently, he ﬁnished with style, which makes him a hero cricket fans everywhere. Not to mention, more often than not, ending it with a six. Ian Bishop added, saying, “When 15 is required of the ﬁnal over and the batsman is Dhoni, then it is the bowler who will be under pressure.”
But Dhoni’s real impact has been on a much larger scale. Unaware himself, he has been a social and economic revolutionary and every small town boy or girl might consider him as a ﬁgure of inspiration regardless of their goals and aspirations. He has been an entrepreneur in every sense and a motivator for every youngster who is willing to ﬁght for their dream.
“Legacy is not what’s left tomorrow when you are gone, it’s what you give, create, impact and contribute today while you are here that then happens to live on.” A mantra that Dhoni lived by, and it is quite clear that his legacy is here to stay for a very long time.