One of the greatest narratives in not only cricket but also in Bollywood belongs to the former Indian Cricket team skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dhoni's story comes across as an inspiration to battle every odd and make it big. Incredible to imagine that in a nation of 1.3 billion people, one man has a small place in every person's heart. Over the years he's got many nicknames but one has stuck with him since 2007 – captain cool.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known as captain cool for a reason, his calm demeanor, his batting and clear decision making under pressure but above all, his ability to not wilt in the face of adversities make him numero uno candidate for that title.
In a sport which is plagued by sledging not only by opposition players but also from rival fans, MS Dhoni never let his emotions or his impulse get the better of him. But sometimes, even the best of us falter, so on MS Dhoni's 36th birthday, let's look back at the times when his emotions actually did get the better of him.
In a recent encounter, India played West Indies in an ODI and were given a meager target of 199 to chase, India's top order faltered and not for the first time, the whole nation turned to MS Dhoni. Dhoni did score 50 in that game but that was the second slowest ODI 50 by a batsman and as soon as he departed, India crumbled and finally lost the match.
After the match ended, Dhoni was seen teary eyed (everybody guessed) and for a man who's won everything for India, it hurts to see him like this.
India down under, against Australia at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. India managed to secure a draw but lost the series and after the test, MS Dhoni dropped a bombshell by announcing his retirement from test cricket.
When Dhoni broke the news to his teammates, everyone got teary eyed and started bidding farewell to captain cool, but nothing matched that of Suresh Raina's
Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were teary eyed in the photos, and although captain cool's decision to bid adios to test cricket was quoted as a lion-hearted one, his lion heart couldn't stop him from showing his emotions.
MS Dhoni's name was synonymous with Chennai Super Kings – the Chennai-based franchise in the Indian Premier League. Under MS Dhoni's stewardship, Chennai Super Kings reached six IPL finals, winning two back to back, making them the first ever team to do so. Soon things turned south when following some match fixing allegations, CSK was banned from the IPL and MS Dhoni had to wear Rising Pune Supergiants colors.
Dhoni later on upon being asked how he felt when he wasn't wearing CSK colors said
"It was a very emotional moment...since I have started playing T20 cricket represented the Indian cricket team, Jharkhand team in few tournaments and CSK for eight years, so it was an emotional moment not to see myself in yellow." See? Even Captain Cool isn't immune to emotions.
This came at a time when team India wasn't having the best of spells. In 2015 team India was having a difficult year, Dhoni was criticized time and time again for not being bold enough as a captain, the top order wasn't doing great and there was some news of internal politics coming to the bay.
India did have a half decent World Cup as they defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh to qualify for the Semi Finals vs the home country Australia.
India couldn't cope up with the ruthlessness of the Aussies and as great as he is, even MS Dhoni couldn't muster a comeback and India crumpled versus them. At that time it seemed that would be MS Dhoni's last World Cup and in the post-match press conference, his emotions gave away as he was teary eyed while addressing. It was the first time we saw captain cool teary eyed and the moment we saw him, it melted our heart.
After the darkness, light, after the sadness, joy. We think no Indian needs an explanation why we deliberately placed this moment as the number one moment. It took India hopes of a billion people, 28 years, three generations, a bunch of kids, one Captain Cool and one GOD to finally do it. And who was the one providing the finishing touch to it? You bet!
So when MS Dhoni hit THAT six to win India the World Cup, the nation was sent into a frenzy and why not? Our very own god of cricket finally won the elusive World Cup and it was MS Dhoni who provided the finishing touch. After the match, in the dressing room, MS Dhoni actually cried! Yes
"I never thought I would cry after a win, but we all did. The world can't see those emotions of the players because you don't have the footage of that, but it summed up the mood of that night" stated Dhoni in The Cricket Fanatic's Essential Guide, authored by Vimal Kumar. Not only that, he gave an emotional tribute to Sachin too!
"Sleepless Nights, grey hairs with the same fade of beard... It was a bunch of youngsters given to me along with a GOD...Everyone mastered their skill but I was alone failing everytime... But when Sachin walked back into the pavilion with his face down I was upset...I quickly padded up. The whole team was looking at me and Gary alone backed my decision to move up. I was not even able to run but the only thing that flashed my mind was SACHIN's childish face looking at the entire crowd ''oh sorry it was my mistake to leave the ground soon'' will anyone like GOD to put his face down in front of his own crowd? Yes I cant allow that happen... I controlled my pain and decided to go...Finally we had the last laugh with a cry..I dedicate this World Cup to Sachin Tendulkar...." - MS Dhoni.