Mahendra Singh Dhoni was an Indian international cricketer. He also led team India as a captain. He was known for its calm attitude and excellent leadership skills. Under Mahendra Singh Dhoni captaincy, India Wins World cup in ODI format second time.
He recently retired from international cricket on 15 August 2020. So here, we have shared some of the best MS Dhoni Quotes, which is about motivation and leadership.
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MS Dhoni Quotes
I am in the hands of Deori Maa. Every time I come to Ranchi, I visit her temple. I still remember my first visit.
I never allow myself to be pressured.
I care most about how people live their lives, what choices they make, and how they get the best from themselves.
I am always the one who is responsible for anything bad that happens in Indian cricket. Everything that happens is because of me.
Going out for rides with my friends and having lunch or dinner at a roadside hotel – that’s my favourite time-pass.
For me, opposition is just another opposition.
I don’t like discussing cricket off the field.
The era of playing aggressive cricket and to have the mid-on up is gone. You now try to read the mindset of a batsman.
I really don’t care what people say; I found Srinivasan as someone who was always there to help cricketers.
I have more than I will ever need for one life.
Unless you know the individual, it’s very difficult to advise that individual as to what he needs to do.
Cricket is not everything, not by any means, but it is a large part of who I am.
My wife wants me to eat fish; she says it is delicious. But I don’t like fish, so that is that.
Getting up quite late in the morning, going and trying to clean my bikes – I have quite a few of them in Ranchi – spending some time with my family, my parents and friends. Going out for rides with my friends and having lunch or dinner at a roadside hotel – that’s my favourite time-pass. These are the sort of things that really excite me.
Since 2005, I have not spent much time with my family. In fact I have spent more time at the Taj Landsend in Mumbai. It was my 100th visit recently, which means I have spent more than 400 days in that hotel, and that is a lot more than I have spent with my family.
Let me tell you, it is an absolute lie that I told a probe panel that Meiyappan was only a cricket enthusiast. All I said is he had nothing to do with the team’s on-field cricketing decisions. I can’t even pronounce the word ‘enthusiast.’
I believe in giving more than 100% on the field, and I don’t really worry about the result if there’s great commitment on the field. That’s victory for me.
When I was playing for my school, the only thing I wanted to do was get selected for the Under-16 or the Under-19 district teams. When I was selected for the district, I would think about the next level, which was getting selected for the state side.
A lot of things have changed since I made my debut in 2004. The way cricket is played has changed. The kind of players that are coming in the Indian team are drastically different than what we were used to. My role is quite the same. You only evolve with time, and that’s what I am trying to do.
One of my theories is to be captain on the field and off the field, you need to totally enjoy each other’s company. I don’t like discussing cricket off the field.
MS Dhoni Quotes About Motivation
It’s important to learn and not repeat the same mistakes. What’s done is done.
When people talk about South Africa, it’s all about lions and elephants. But when we talk about India, we talk about tigers.
Finishing is one of the most difficult things to do in cricket. A player can’t be a finisher in just 6 months or one year.
You have to be used to that responsibility, keeping on doing what is required from you over a period of time.
If you play cricket for India, money is bound to come, and with IPL in and match money of the Ranjhi trophy, I think money is there. There’s no good reason why you should not work hard, because at the end of the day, you want to play for your country.
I don’t regret anything in life. What does not kill you makes you stronger.
If you don’t perform, and you’re part of the team, whether you’re playing your first Test or 50th Test match, criticism goes hand in hand, so that’s something you can’t really get away from. If you don’t perform, you will be criticised.
I am touched by the admiration and ovation I receive from CSK fans, which will always remain close to my heart.
I feel some of the sides are blessed when it comes to having allrounders.
For me, fielding and running between the wickets are two things that are very important. For that, you need to motivate the guys about how much of an effect it will have on the game.
I have always believed that process is more important than results.
In tennis ball cricket, even it’s hit from the toe of the bat, the ball still travels a lot, but in normal cricket, it has to be the middle part of the bat, so it requires a lot of work.
I live in the present with an eye on the future.
You learn a lot more when you’re going through a rough period compared to the good times when everything goes your way.
Please criticize me, but how can you accuse me of something like fixing a cricket game after all that the game has given me.
I don’t mind repeating everything.
I think it is always a challenge when you go and play abroad. You are competing against the home team, and they know the conditions well. Their fast bowlers always know which length to bowl and also the areas in which they need to bowl.
After the first ball is bowled, it’s only chaos. What you are trying to do is you’re trying to manage the chaos. It’s not like a script that happens.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
You may earn whatever money you earn as a cricketer, but you want to play for your country. At the end of the day, you want to do something special. There are plenty of people who earn 50 crores or 100 crores as businessmen or big professionals or who are really doing well in business. But what gives pleasure to your mom and dad is the fame.
Till the full stop doesn’t come, the sentence isn’t complete.
Cricketers have a very short shelf life. On an average, you make money through cricket for five years, but you need to survive for sixty years.
Winning the World Cup was very special because it meant so much to so many. One thing about our country that is constant is cricket. The smile it brought to people’s faces was the thing I shall always remember. It reminded me, reminded all of us, of our importance to the lives of the Indian people less lucky than we are.
MS Dhoni Movie Quotes
I tell my wife she is only the third most important thing after my country and my parents, in that order.
Movies are a big part of our Indian culture.
During a packed season, maintaining fitness becomes tough because you can’t put too much effort into it. You’re constantly monitoring workloads.
From when I was a young boy, I read books on weapons and tanks and combat. I was so interested in the army.
One thing about our country that is constant is cricket.
I love to be in the moment. I love to analyse things a bit.
When I’m at home, I love playing action-oriented computer games.
Spirit of cricket is not about just the guidelines provided.
India-Pakistan matches always capture the imagination of people from either side.
What captains want is players who move well in the field.
I used to play a lot of tennis-ball cricket.
The biggest problem is when a player asks a captain why he is not playing but does not want an honest answer.
We have always made sure that players who have played for CSK, even those who came from other franchises for whatever reason, have performed well.
I love being in the present. When I was playing for my school, the only thing I wanted to do was get selected for the under-16 or the under-19 district teams. When I was selected for the district, I would think about the next level, which was getting selected for the state side. I’m a person who lives very in the moment.
Our biggest strength has always been the fans. All over, wherever we have gone, CSK has got support.
The more allrounders you have, the more difficult it becomes for the opposition. The reason being, if you have players who can bat and bowl, and if they are proper allrounders – they may be spinning or fast-bowling allrounders – they add to the strength of the team.
What is important is to have a positive intent right from the start, and positive intent doesn’t always mean looking for the big shots. Positive intention when it comes to defending a ball or looking for a single.
My dad and my brother were more keen on football, but I used to play canvas-ball cricket while at school in Ranchi, and we would have cricket coaching camps in the summer vacations. That’s how I started.
Cricket is not everything, not by any means, but it is a large part of who I am. Therefore, I want to play in all formats of the game and to play as much as possible because, before long, it will be over.
Dhoni Inspirational Quotes
If you’re playing against an aggressive side, you need to play an aggressive game.
You need to perform consistently, and if you’re raising the standard, you have to stand by it. You have to keep on doing well.
If you have forest, if you have green forest, the water table goes up. What happens with deforestation is the water level goes down and we all know how much importance drinking water has.
Whether a player has played one match or a hundred, we should give him respect for what he has achieved and leave it at that.
If you are good at studies, and you want to play cricket, you may work harder than any other person, but you may not achieve it. So it’s something you have to balance in life and be practical where you are good and then channelise your efforts in the right direction to be successful in life.
Sometimes in T20, you need to bowl only one over, and once the captain has given you that one over, irrespective of whether it is good or bad, that one over is out of the equation. That actually helps you, that one over. By the time the batsman figures out what you are trying to do, you get rid of one over.
Maybe because I bat aggressively and go for big hits at times, people tend to remember my batting. But I have always done well as a stumper, too.
I have three dogs at home. Even after losing a series or winning a series, they treat me the same way.
You can’t take any team lightly.
I don’t believe in calling someone and having a big chat, because that puts a lot of added pressure on them. If somebody is doing something or involved in fielding practice, then a little chit-chat at that time helps because it’s informal and doesn’t add any pressure.
You go through tough times. What I personally believe in is you should forget the stats. But also, it pushes you to see the areas where you have to work on to be a consistent team.
After one Olympics, if we invest in sports and say we will get a gold medal in the next Olympic, it doesn’t work like that in sports. How it works is that you provide the infrastructure, provide education about nutrition and health.
If you keep winning, you don’t know the areas you’ve to work hard.
It doesn’t matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 – you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings.
One-day cricket is about aggression and flair, but Test cricket is a different ball game. One has to struggle through the hard periods initially and then look on to get a respectable score on the board.
You need more individuals who can do more than one job in the field. Especially if all of them are good fielders and if they can contribute with bat and ball if needed. Just adds to the strength of the side.
The cameras used to pass by me; now they’re stopping for me.
What we have seen is that sports is definitely developing in India. I can see a lot of positive things happening in India. It may take a bit more time, but with proper guidance and people having passion for sports, I don’t think we are far away from becoming a good sporting nation.
I love my country. I tell my wife she is only the third most important thing after my country and my parents, in that order.
Dhoni Fans Quotes
I like to stay away from the game when I am not playing it.
Winning the World Cup was very special because it meant so much to so many.
I have formed the Mahendra Singh Dhoni Charitable Trust which organises cricket tournaments in Jharkhand to identify promising cricketers so that we can help groom them, either in India or abroad.
I like to make statements on the field.
The reason why people love T20 is the sixes and fours.
Nobody wants to really play bad cricket.
I’m a person who lives very in the moment.
What’s more important is, rather than looking at it from a commercial point of view, what we have to make sure is, where there’s existence of the sport, it keeps on increasing there, and at the same time, you look at some of the other countries where there’s the prospect of playing cricket.
Making important medicine more available and affordable is a great thing for the country, and Netmeds is one the mainstays in the space. They have a long legacy in the pharma business, and they are making it easier for people to stay healthy.
Strong characters are needed in the game.
The biggest learning during my tenure as a captain was that, a lot of time, I used to think that this is common sense. But no, there is nothing called common sense
Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible.
In front of 40,000 people, you don’t really want to drop a catch or misfield. It’s part and parcel of the game.
You can’t make three or four spinners bowl the exact number of overs. You don’t see the number of overs bowled by them before you make a bowling change; you see who looks effective and make a bowling change.
Run Adam will play a significant role in aspiring sportspersons’ life to achieve their dreams.
Even when you bowl a bad over, try to restrict it in between 15-18 runs, because if you go higher than that, it has a bigger impact on the game.
You don’t need to spoon-feed bowlers at the international level.
In Test matches, you have to play consistent cricket for a period of time.
We have to understand that the five-day format has its own uncertainties, unlike ODIs or T20s. In ODIs, you know that you have to field for 50 overs only, while in Test cricket, there may be a situation that a team might bat for one-and-a-half to two days.
You have to see that cricket is developing as a sport because what’s very important is you want cricket to be a global sport when it comes to participation.
MS Dhoni Quotes on Leadership
I’m quite used to playing with few injuries, whether it is back, fingers, elbow, or something else. You have to be tough and get on with the game.
If you don’t really have a dream, you can’t really push yourself; you don’t really know what the target is.
For me, it’s important to build good partnerships rather than score centuries. Once, you have those partnerships, you will also get centuries.
If the batsman is playing good shots, you accept it, but it is important that we bowl according to what the plan is and not go off it.
I live for the moment – not the future, not the past.
Gut feeling is all about the experiences that you have had in your life. It is about being in difficult scenarios, knowing what worked, what did not work, and then taking a decision.
I never thought of playing for any other franchise other than CSK. Chennai is my second home. Fans here have adopted me as one of their own.
I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain to get enough time for preparing a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
I don’t study cricket too much. Whatever I have learned or experienced is through cricket I’ve played on the field, and whatever little I have watched.
When you help sportspersons achieve their full potential, you propel the sporting quotient of the entire country.
Self-confidence has always been one of my good qualities. I am always very confident. It is in my nature to be confident, to be aggressive. And it applies in my batting as well as wicketkeeping.
I have faced challenges during the initial stages of my career, and I see Run Adam as filling a vacuum.
Everybody has views in life, and it should be respected.
You have seen cricketers who are not god-gifted, but even then, they have gone far. That’s because of the passion.
Nobody really wants to bowl a bad over, but if it happens, the individual is more disappointed than anyone else in the stadium or the team. Ideally, it is best to leave him to this thoughts and then have a chat with him after the team is back at the hotel when he will be less frustrated and more accepting.
I don’t think I will ever make my all-time greatest India team. You cannot compare one era with another, as they will be different.
As a skipper, when you try to manipulate the field, you need to see the strengths of the fast bowlers.
A sporting track doesn’t always mean that it will only have grass on it.
Frankly, I never thought that I would represent my country one day.
Till the 10th standard, I was quite good – I got 66% that year. After my 10th, I got really involved with cricket, so I didn’t have any time to study. And my parents didn’t push me, either, which was very good for me.
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