2007 World Cup failure had big impact on me: Dhoni

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 16, 2016 17:07 hrs

India's limited overs skipper MS Dhoni for the first time spoke how the 2007 World Cup disappointment played an important role in shaping his cricket.

India under Rahul Dravid were eliminated in the first round itself as the 2007 World Cup ended in disaster.

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, ahead of his film release Dhoni said, "When we landed in Delhi, there was a lot of media. At times, people feel that we are not emotional enough about it, but I always felt, as sports persons, you have to be strong enough to go through everything and it has to be within yourself," Dhoni said.

"It is not about coming for a press conference and crying about stuff, or crying in the field about what has happened," he added.

India registered a win against Bermuda and went on to lose their group matches against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Post India's loss, angry fans pelted Dhoni's house at Ranchi.

"At that point of time, when we landed, we had to get out in a police van. I was sitting next to Viru [Virender Sehwag] paaji. It was evening or night time. We were travelling at a decent speed - 60 or 70 kms - and that's quite a bit for India, that too on the narrow roads. And, you know, media cars around us with their cameras and the big lights on top, it felt as if we had committed a big crime, maybe like a murderer or terrorist or something. We were actually chased by them."

"After a while, we entered a police station. We went there, we sat for a while and then we left in our cars after 15-20 minutes. That actually had a big impact on me and I channelised the aggression to become a better cricketer and a better human being," the India skipper said.

Helmed by director Neeraj Pandey, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is all set to release on September 30.

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