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Bengaluru: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of India’s
most successful captains. His achievements on the field have won him a
nation full of admirers and fans. Here are five reasons why he is worthy
of being India’s role model:
Captain Cool: Dhoni is rightfully known as ‘Captain
Cool’. Even in a tense situation, he remains calm, confident and most
amazingly cheerful. This is a quality most lack. People tend to lose
hope or worse, get aggressive and reckless, during difficult situations.
This more often than not backfires, leaving the team to taste sour
defeats when wins could have been possible. His calm and collected
approach has brought the team rewards by the truckloads—from the ICC
World Cup to the Champions Trophy.
Midas touch: Everything that Dhoni touches seems to
be turning to gold. Ever since he became captain of the Indian cricket
team, the team has soared higher and higher into greatness. Team India
is, arguably, capable of vanquishing any opponent, no matter their
Had he been wildly successful once or twice, it could’ve been
disregarded as sheer luck. But then he has led the team to glory time
and again, it is evident beyond doubt that the team is riding on his
immense leadership skills.
Clean image: Repute of Indian Cricket is at its
lowest. With BCCI transparently displaying the power struggle within,
several cricketers being banned for spot fixing, and several others
under the scanner for similar incidents, Dhoni is among the few
cricketers (like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid) who has over the
years kept themselves clear of scandals, allegations and lawsuits. With
bookies on the lookout for ethically weak players, it is reassuring to
know there are still players who stay away from trouble and work towards
maintaining the sanctity of the sport.
Style icon: It is not just enough to be a good
player with great stats and fantastic ethics. But to be a role model,
the individual needs to keep abreast of the times. Dhoni, with his avid
love for motorcycles and ever-changing hairstyles, has become a youth
icon. From the days he sported long flowing hair to his recent decision
to sport a mohawk, Dhoni’s hairstyles caught the nation’s attention and
immediately became the primary topic of discussion.
A force on the field: Leadership skills, ethics and
fashion sense aside, Dhoni is a force to be reckoned with on the field.
He is one of the best wicketkeepers. His powerful strokes strike fear
among all bowlers and his calm and collected tactics and strategy
ensures the Indian cricket team utilises even the smallest of
opportunities and punishes the opponent’s smallest of mistakes.