I have always believed that performance leads to recognition; recognition leads to respect, and respect leads to power. Therefore, economic performance is the key to India becoming powerful on the global stage. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the most successful cricket captain of India, demonstrated this well in cricket. Perform, he did. He led the Indian team to wins in all major international competitions, World T20 in 2007, ICC World ODI championships in 2011, Champions trophy in 2014, and many more.
There was something more than just performance that Dhoni brought to the table. He ignited the minds and raised the aspirations of 1.3 billion Indians- rural and urban, rich and poor, sophisticated and rustic, highly educated and illiterate. Every Indian identified with Dhoni. We all have seen that all the people praying for Dhoni's success. After all, he was the cynosure of every Indian.
Dhoni was a quintessential leader. There is much that we, incorporate Indian, can learn from just watching his cricket matches. The first responsibility of a leader is to craft a grand vision, articulate it, and raise the inspiration, confidence, pride, hope, and enthusiasm of his people. Dhoni did it to perfection. When dhoni led Indian to that famous victory over Pakistan in World T20 final on September 24, 2007, at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, he changed the mindset of the Indian cricket team and the entire country. No more would the vegetable cart puller in Jayanagar or the cricket-crazy professor of Artificial Intelligence at an IIT be satisfied with India ending up as a semifinalist in a world cricket tournament.
He inspired team members like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina to give off their best. Who can forget the last ball of the World ODI cup final in 2011 between India and Sri Lanka, when Dhoni hit a six on his way to an unbeaten 91 and won the match?
There was something more than just performance that, Dhoni brought to the table. Whenever India was in trouble in a 50 over the match, the whole country looked up to Dhoni to win the match for India. Dhoni didn't disappoint his team and the Indian crowd. He ignited the minds and raised the aspirations of 1.3 billion Indians.
We all have do doubt that Dhoni will continue to serve Indian cricket for several decades to come. I wish him the best of everything.
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