ipl 2022

One step ahead of cricket, ‘Zero’ yet Hero, this Dhoni’s story is a lesson for leadership

New Delhi, Anand Vasu: MS Dhoni…he is not just a champion cricketer. He is an emotion. His popularity is such that wherever he goes in the country, he gets the same amount of love. No discrimination is done, and will not be done. Born in Ranchi, molded in the furnaces of Indian cricket and painted in the colors of Chennai Super Kings, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has once again emerged in golden color. He got out for a first-ball duck against Gujarat Titans, but he gave what his team wanted – the title. What an end it could have been. The game is cruel, it is not necessary that you get what you deserve. Life is sometimes more forgiving. It may seem that Dhoni can go with the 5th title. Ravindra Jadeja scored the winning 10 runs in the last two balls. Ever since the time IPL came into existence, CSK was Dhoni and Dhoni was what CSK needed. This season saw Dhoni in a new light. He was constantly seen sprinting down the field while battling a knee injury. He was not actually required to bat, given the impact substitute rule. Behind the stumps, he is like gold that never fades. Their victory is also spectacular and deserves praise, because their title victory proved that it is not necessary that success can be achieved with the best team.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway set the tone for CSK. Gaikwad was always the strength of the team and Conway did wonders with his destructive batting. Ajinkya Rahane’s career was almost over in all formats but CSK brought him in. Gave a chance In response, Rahane returned to Team India’s Test format scoring 326 runs at a strike rate of around 173.

Ambati Rayudu departs in a grand manner. This season was not good for him, but despite this he got opportunities. Scored only 158 runs in 16 matches, but when the time came, he turned the match for his team by hitting a four and 2 sixes in a single over.

One more thing, hope Shivam Dube is not wearing a smartwatch, as he will not be able to reach the 10,000 step count even after batting all day. At least not like this, the way he is batting. He believes in hitting fours and sixes more than scoring runs. Yuvraj Singh must have been proud to see him. Mathisha Pathirana or Baby Malinga were yet to get the status that Dhoni gave them in their international team.

This is the story of CSK’s victory. This is Dhoni’s story, whether you like it or not. In an era dominated by data analysts, talent scouts and other experts, Dhoni’s CSK still believes in spotting talent. Dhoni hasn’t had the easiest of seasons as wherever he has played has been his ‘home’ ground. Take a step back for a second and imagine that the boy from Jharkhand who accidentally became a cricketer, the ticket checker in Kharagpur who once used to sleep at railway stations, is now a hero to crores of people.

Dhoni could have blinked, staggered, crumbled under the weight of expectations, but instead took a few deep breaths and kept the faith. It is not for nothing that Dhoni is said that whatever he touches turns to gold. Perhaps the best all-rounder in the world at the moment is Ben Stokes, who was tipped to be the next CSK captain. He scored 15 runs in two runs batted in. Each run cost CSK Rs 180 lakhs, based on Stokes’ auction sale of Rs 16.5 crores.

After the match, Dhoni said that there could not be a better time to retire, but he would not do so. Will take forward the love of the fans. He has a chance to return gift to the fans. Overall, Dhoni has once again reminded what leadership is. He gave opportunities to new talent, gave courage to broken players and gave a grand farewell to those who deserved respect. This is what they call love….

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