Not for nothing is he known as `Captain Cool.ÃÂ This trait of Dhoni of keeping his emotions under control even under extreme pressure, has stood him in good stead as evidenced by two notable recent triumphs - the Twenty20 World Cup and the CB Series `Down Under.ÃÂ And further proof was provided in the IPL as he, against all expectations, led Chennai Super Kings to the final and came within a whisker of winning the trophy.
Dhoni remained one of the most intuitive captains and came out with innovative ideas like: having Muttiah Muralitharan open the bowling in the semifinal against the favourites Kings XI Punjab. He has a flair for leadership, and Dhoni understands that in limited overs cricket you can`t wait for things to happen, you have to make things happen.
His captaincy was full of surprising touches; but overall, he was pragmatic and his handling of intricate situations and the men under his command was exemplary. His bowling changes and field placements were imaginative. The players responded spontaneously to his charismatic personality and the result was that: Chennai Super Kings performed well above their level, thanks to his inspiring leadership.
Text: Partab Ramchand
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