MS Dhoni is regarded as one of the finest cricketers to have played the game and among the greatest captains ever, especially in the limited-overs version of the game.

MS Dhoni is regarded as one of the finest cricketers to have played the game and among the greatest captains ever, especially in the limited-overs version of the game. In a career spanning a decade and a half, Dhoni represented India in 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is, scoring over 17,000 international runs. He remains the only captain till date to have won all the three ICC trophies (excluding the World Test Championship), which was recently introduced. He led India to glory in 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. Along his glorious journey, Dhoni also gained fame for his famous statements. In this feature, we take a look at the Top 10inspirational quotes on MS Dhoni

1. On being asked how he deals with criticism, Dhoni once famously said:

“I have three dogs at home. Even after losing a series or winning a series, they treat me the same way.”

2. MS Dhoni was in Australia for a long tour ahead of the 2015 World Cup in the same country. It was during this time that Dhoni’s daughter Ziva was born. Asked whether he would rather be in India than Australia, Dhoni responded:

“I have been blessed with a baby daughter. Mum and daughter both are good. But as of now I am on national duties so I think everything else can wait. The World Cup is a very important campaign.”

3. During his playing days in international cricket, Dhoni was known for having a sense for the occasion and a remarkable gut feeling. Speaking about it, he was once quoted as saying:

“Gut feeling is all about the experiences that you have had in your life. It is about being in difficult scenarios, knowing what worked, what did not work, and then taking a decision.”

4. Back in 2014, Dhoni was spotted with his beard turning white, a clear indication of the kind of pressure he was under leading India. Asked to define what leading India in all three formats meant, Dhoni have a heavyweight explanation:

“It’s like having 100 kgs put over you. That’s good enough to weigh you down. After that even if you put a mountain, it will not make a difference.”

5. Self-confidence is another quality that was seen in abundance in Dhoni, whether it was in his batting, his captaincy or his keeping. Admitting self-confidence was one of his greatest strengths, the former India cricketer had stated:

“Self-Confidence has always been one of my good qualities. I am always very confident. It is in my nature to be confident, to be aggressive. And it applies in my batting as well as wicket keeping.”

6. Dhoni had a love marriage with Sakshi Rawat. Post-retirement, the former Ranchi cricketer is getting to spend a lot of time with his lady love. But, during this playing days for India, Dhoni had made it clear:

“I tell my wife she is only the third most important thing after my country and my parents, in that order.”

7. Dhoni’s rise to stardom has been nothing short of a fairy-tale. Sharing his views on having ambitions and dreams, the former India captain had said:

“If you don’t really have a dream, you can’t really push yourself, you don’t really know what the target is.”

8. According to Dhoni, it is very important to pay attention to elder’s advice. He opined about the same:

“Listen to your elder’s advice not because they are always right, but because they have more experience of being wrong.”

9. Dhoni also feels that losses teach you a lot more than wins. He was once quoted as saying about the same:

“A loss makes you humble. It tests the other batsmen and bowlers. Also, if you keep winning you don’t now what area you need to work on.”

10. Dhoni is the only captain to win all three major limited-overs ICC trophies – the T20 World Cup, the ODI World Cup and the Champions Trophy. Asked what more he wanted to achieve, the hungry Dhoni replied:

“I don’t mind repeating everything.”

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