Mahendra Singh Dhoni has always been known for his smartness and generosity on and off the field. His presence of mind and calm nature helped him decode the strategies of dangerous teams on many occasions. He has proved to be one of the best skippers to have captained the team with 3 world trophies in his kitty, yet he remains grounded even after stepping down from the captaincy. Every time the team won a trophy, Mahi handed it over to newcomers stepping into the Indian dressing room moving to the side as the victory celebration went on. Not only die-hard fans but cricket pundits too praised him for his humble gesture. He later revealed why he often did so.
At the launch of a book based on Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s story written by renowned sports journalist Vimal Kumar in 2013, Dhoni opened up and revealed why he gave the trophies to the younger members of the team after any series victory.
#Throwback When Captain cool @msdhoni revealed why he handed over the trophies to youngsters after winning any series #mahi7781 pic.twitter.com/aVAxtougFB
— Baahubali (@bahubalikabadla) October 17, 2017
The video was uploaded by Aaj Tak on Youtube. In the video Dhoni said,
It’s just that, if there is any youngster in the team who has performed well in the series and you hand him over the trophy, it works as an appraisal for him. You are appreacitaing what he has done. It gives them a lot of confidence. At the end of the day, we have won the trophy. It doesn’t matter who holds it. But if I hand it over to some youngster and I’m getting benefitted that he could perform better in future by this gesture then it’s a win-win situation for us.
MS Dhoni stepped down from the captaincies of ODI and T20I squad in the month of January this year with Virat Kohli stepping into his shoes. However, the tradition hasn’t changed and Kohli too passes on the trophy to the younger team members. Team India recently won 4 bilateral series and after every victory, Kohli stood with Dhoni at a corner while the youngsters remain at the centre, lifting the trophy.
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