However, the challenge currently faced is completely different, with the ‘coronavirus’ wreaking havoc in every corner of the world. Luckily, one need not look further than the values and virtues which Dhoni has maintained over the years, for inspiration. Here is a look at five values of the wicketkeeper-batsman which can protect against coronavirus. 1) Patience:
The cricketer has never let the gravity of the situation get the better of him, despite the toughest of circumstances. Dhoni has always looked to maintain a patient and cautious approach through thick and thin, with shots only when an opportunity is presented.
An excellent example of this would be the manner in which the 38-year-old helped Team India recover, in the semi-final of the WC 2019 against NZ after being reduced to 92/6 at one stage. The wicket-keeper batsman stitched a vital seventh-wicket partnership with Ravindra Jadeja (77) to put India back in the game.
One should similarly look to stay patient during the lockdown, rather than getting frustrated needlessly. A watchful approach certainly holds the key, as the world looks to escape the clutches of coronavirus.
The wicket-keeper batsman has always been flexible in his approach towards the game. Dhoni has looked to adapt his gameplay according to the pitch conditions, match scenario in an astute manner.
These attributes were on full display during an IPL 2019 clash against the Rajasthan Royals, where the cricketer scored an unbeaten 75 (46) to help the Super Kings post 175 on the board. Dhoni negotiated the tricky pitch astutely, using his vast experience to read the conditions and mostly work the ball around in order to keep the scoreboard ticking. However, the cricketer opened his arms whenever provided an opportunity beautifully.
People should draw inspiration from this, and look to adapt to any situation presented. It is important to look at the positives and search for a solution effectively rather than complaining about the situation. 3) Determination to succeed:
There is no game that the Indian team can be completely ruled out of, as long as there is MS Dhoni at the crease or on the field. The 38-year-old’s determination and desire to excel is second to none, as evident from the numerous matches where the cricketer has helped execute exciting comebacks.
Similarly, the masses should adopt a determined approach towards the coronavirus. It is important to stick to home-made food, rather than succumbing to your desire for junk food. There will be numerous opportunities to meet your friends in the coming days.
Senior India opener Rohit Sharma has further insisted that the Indian Premier League (IPL) can wait for the time being.
"We should first think about the country. The situation needs to get better first then we can talk about the IPL. Let life get back to normal first," he stated. 4) Being a Team-Player:
Every player who has had the opportunity to feature alongside Dhoni, hails the cricketer’s utmost desire to be a team player. Helping the team excel rather than personal milestones, has always been of utmost importance for the 38-year-old. Dhoni is the first to offer words of encouragement to a struggling bowler or fielder, which indicates his complete support.
"His personality rubs off on the team and it is easier for them to be around him, if not follow him. You find captains who berate their team members in public or give them an angry glare if they lose a catch, but Dhoni never does that. He smiles, jokes and has the least possible baggage on his shoulders, which is refreshing," said cricket commentator Charu Sharma as quoted by Mid-Day.
"When in a team, not every member is evolved at the same level. For example, one person might have difficulty facing a fast delivery while the other might find it hard to face a spin ball. Reassurance from the leader, to at least try and not worry about the result, helps build the morale of members and affects the overall result," he added.
Fans should try to take a leaf out of his book, by assisting their neighbours and family members as much as possible during these tough times. One should look to contribute whenever possible when it comes to household chores. It is also important to ensure that necessities are available for everyone, rather than hoarding which is an indication of selfishness. 5) Effective Communication:
The legendary cricketer is the first to run and offer words of advice to skipper Virat Kohli, whenever the match is slipping out of hand. This more often than not results in a comeback, with the whole team celebrating in a united manner.
Dhoni helped the current Team India skipper make the right decision during a limited-overs clash back in 2017, which helped the team clinch victory. Kohli had indicated a desire to hand the ball to Hardik Pandya, which he decided against after being convinced to instead provide an opportunity to Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah picked two wickets in three balls to help wrap up the game.
This indicates the importance of effective communication, which Dhoni has always ensured. In case a neighbour is not following the guidelines correctly, it is necessary to nudge him in the right direction politely. This small action can very well save numerous innocent lives.
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