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Gautam Gambhir reveals senior players told him to win 2011 World Cup to take 'conversation away from 1983'

Published: Sept 23, 2022
Source: India Today
 

Gautam Gambhir revealed the conversation 2-3 senior players had with him ahead of the 2011 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan. India went on to beat Sri Lanka in the final to lift their second ODI World Cup.

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Published: Sept 30, 2022
Source: India Today

MS Dhoni reveals why he never gets angry on the field: I am also human but we always try to control our emotions

Former India cricketer MS Dhoni opens up on why he doesn't get angry on fied, saying he always tries to control his emotions as at the end of the day he too is a human.
 

When the 'Captain Cool' Dhoni asked the audience "How many of you think your bosses are calm?", a few hands went up. Looking at it, Dhoni quipped: "Either they want to make brownie points or they are bosses themselves."
 

Dhoni then went on to say: "Honestly, when we are on the field, we do not want to make any mistakes whether it's misfielding, dropped catches or any other mistake.
 

"I always try and get into their shoes to figure out why a player dropped a catch or why somebody misfielded. Getting angry does not help matters. There are already 40,000 people watching from the stands and crores of people watching the match (on TV, streaming platforms). I had to see what the reason was (for fielding lapses)," Dhoni said on Livfast.

"If a player is 100 per cent attentive on the ground and he misses a catch despite that, I don't have a problem. Of course, I also want to see how many catches he took during practice before that.. if he had a problem somewhere and he is making efforts to get better or not. I used to focus on all these aspects instead of focusing on whether a catch was dropped. Maybe we lost a game because of that but the effort was always to try to step into their shoes.

"I am also human. I would feel the same way inside like you all felt. When you go out and play a match among yourselves, you would feel bad. We represent our country, so we would feel worse. But we always try and control our emotions.
 

"Sitting on the outside, it's always easy to say we should have played in a certain way but it's not easy. We are representing our country but the opposition players are also representing their country. They are there to play the game and a lot of times, there will be ups and downs.
 

MS Dhoni also urged people to keep supporting India across sporting events because players work hard for years to get to the top and be counted among elite athletes.