When Captain Cool MS Dhoni lost his cool

When Captain Cool MS Dhoni lost his cool

Published on: May 13, 2020

Former India skipper MS Dhoni is fondly referred to as 'Captain Cool' for possessing the rare ability to maintain his calm under pressure. Under his shrewd leadership, India emerged victorious in the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 World Cup as well as the 2013 Champions Trophy.

However, former cricketers Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan have revealed that Dhoni is only human, and has had his moments when he has given vent to his anger.

"People say that they have never seen him lose his cool, but I have on a couple of times. It was during the 2007 World Cup and in other World Cups when we haven't done well. He's human and he's bound to react as well. It's absolutely fair enough to do that. Even at CSK, if there's a mis-field or if someone has dropped a catch," Gambhir said on the show Star Sports' Cricket Connected.

Gambhir, who was the top-scorer in the 2007 as well as the 2011 World Cup, did admit that Dhoni was calmer than him. "Yes, he's cool, he's probably much cooler than the rest of the other captains. Much cooler than me for sure!" Gambhir added. The ex-India opener is often in the news for his brawl with Shahid Afridi, which took place way back in 2007 in an ODI at Kanpur

Pathan, on the other hand, also revealed a little-known instance of Dhoni losing it. "It was in 2006-07. During the warm-up, we had a game where the right-handed batsman would bat with the left hand and vice-versa. After we finished the warm-up, we used to get into our practice," the recently retired all-rounder recalled.

"So, during the warm-ups, there were 2 teams. Once MS Dhoni was given out which he didn't think he was. He threw his bat and made a dash to the dressing room and came late for the practice. So, he does get angry," he added.

Ex-Aussie pacer Brett Lee, meanwhile, praised Dhoni for never crossing the line. "We want entertainers, we want people to do that and MS Dhoni is an entertainer. He never steps over the boundary. If he does, it's very rare. But we are all human as Gautam Gambhir said," Lee explained.

Recently, Indian bowlers Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav also revealed being pulled up by Dhoni for not following the captain's instructions.

--By A Cricket Correspondent

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