Dhoni – pressures of captaincy

Mahender Singh Dhoni nicknamed Mahi born on 7th July, 1981 has seen all the heights which a modern cricketer dreams to see.  With a shelf life of just nine years in test cricket, the first one he played was in 2005 against Sri Lanka, he announced his retirement from the longer version of the game in December 2014.

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Any cricketer as great as Dhoni would easily love to play Test Cricket for at least 15 to 16 years.  The pressure of all formats of cricket might have taken the toll.  He might look calm from outside nicknamed ‘captain cool’.  Who knows he may be carrying great pressure with him under his skin.

Moreover, the very fast T20 mode of cricket and the 50 over format are a hell of a cricket as the full year is choco-block with continous cricket all around the year.  It is the same story with every modern day cricketer but when you are the captain you have more responsibility on your shoulders.  If you win, you are taken to phenomenal heights and on the other hand if you lose,  the world around buries you under the ground.

The game of cricket is a money churner.  The IPL which takes about one and a half month of the full calender year is another tournament in which MSD has captained the Chennai Superkings.  People throng to IPL to see players like Dhoni perform to the best of the ability.

Under these huge expectaions, the feature that takes a backseat and probably a beating is the own form of the cricketer.  Dhoni was a destructive batsman with a carefree attitude before he became the captain.  He has been a great finisher of the game over the years but somewhere the natural flair in his batting and the ability to hit hard has taken a beating.

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