File photo of MS Dhoni.© BCCI
The number 7 jersey on the cricket field has a special meaning for Indian fans. It is a number worn by the legendary captain MS Dhoni on the ground. Whether representing India or his franchise Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni was always seen with the number 7 on his back. Although he retired from international cricket for more than three years, Dhoni continues his love affair with the Indian Premier League (IPL) number. In a recent event, the player revealed his connection to the number.
“Why was 7 important to you? Was this the time your parents wanted you to come home?” the anchor asked MS Dhoni.
“No. That is the time or day my parents decided I would come to earth. I was born on July 7. So July again was the seventh month. 81 was the year, so 8-1 is 7. So it was very easy for me to come out when they ask me ‘what number do you want’,” Dhoni said at a promotional event.
Dhoni is the only captain to have won all the ICC’s major white-ball tournaments – the T20 World Cup, the Cricket World Cup and the Champions Trophy.
Along with Rohit Sharma, Dhoni is the most successful captain in the IPL. Both have won five IPL titles each.
MS Dhoni’s captaincy and man-management skills are the stuff of cricketing urban legend, and the former India captain on Friday said earning the respect and loyalty of players with deeds constituted the primary layer of leadership.
Under Dhoni, India won two World Cups and a Champions Trophy, while also reaching the top of the ICC Test rankings for the first time.
“Loyalty has a lot to do with the respect factor. When you talk about the dressing room, unless the support staff or the players respect you, it is difficult to get that loyalty,” Dhoni said at an event organized by Single.ID as quoted by the PTI.
Dhoni also said that respect for a leader comes from his deeds rather than his words.
(With PTI inputs)
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