“What's going inside Dhoni's head under pressure?”: Dravid’s proposes idea to decode CSK captain’s genius

Dhoni is widely regarded as one of the greatest captains produced by India.

Rahul Dravid | GettyFormer India skipper MS Dhoni has left a massive impact on the game with his leadership and performances in pressure situations over the years.

Dhoni is the only skipper in the history of cricket to have won all three ICC white-ball trophies – 2007 World T20, 2011 Cricket World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. He also led India to the pinnacle in Test cricket.

While Dhoni called time on his international career in 2020, he continues to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The 42-year-old captained CSK to a record-equalling fifth IPL title in May this year.

Recently, Dhoni received a special mention from India head coach Rahul Dravid on the YouTube show - CRED Curious.

In an interaction with Kunal Shah, Dravid was asked about what software he would like to create for cricket which can improve him as a coach.

In reply, Dravid said: "I think I would really love to know how the mind works. We have cracked in terms of technique and skill of the game. Tactics keep on evolving, changing we keep getting better at that. The physicality of the game has improved a lot. Professionalism, quality of physios, trainers, sports science, medicines - a lot of that is improving. But again, I think you know - mind. Why do people react one way under pressure than others react differently in similar situations? What is that sort of triggers people to make much better-informed decisions under pressure than others? What about that?"

During the chat, Dravid also spoke about players reacting differently when the team is under pressure.  He cited Dhoni's example of staying calm irrespective of the situation.

“How do you crack that? Like you said if there are no limitations. Then it's really someone being able to go into someone's mind and almost understand how are they thinking when they succeeded incredibly under pressure. What's going inside Dhoni's head under pressure? When he is playing at the end? He obviously got something incredible there. How is he thinking? It's only something that's in his head. That's something that we could get a better understanding of. I think that would be brilliant,” he added.


By Salman Anjum - 12 Jul, 2023

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