When I go to bat my heart rate is elevated, I feel a bit scared: Dhoni
MS Dhoni has a reputation for taking risks and keeping up with pressure. Which is why his name has become ‘Mr. Cool.’ The former India captain has led the team to a number of nail-biting victories with a great last-minute finish.
Let’s remember that match against Sri Lanka in the final of the 2015 World Cup. Dhoni played an outstanding innings in the face of pressure. His bat brought Team India a second World Cup. But Dhoni, who is known as the best finisher in the world, said that he also has a heartbeat and feels pressure while batting.
Dhoni shared his secret with former Indian cricketer S Badrinath and entrepreneur Saravana Kumar at the inauguration of a mental health firm.
The former World Cup-winning Indian captain said,
“When I go to bat, the first 5 to 10 deliveries my heart rate is elevated, I feel the pressure, I feel a bit scared because that’s how everybody feels-how to cope with that?”
Apart from the 2015 World Cup, Dhoni gave another big proof of his maintaining mental stress in the 2019 ODI World Cup. Dhoni was leading the match with Ravindra Jadeja in the team’s hard time against New Zealand in the semi-final. But being run out, he did not able to save the team at the end. But even then no pressure was seen on his face. He was batting normally.
Speaking about his mental strength, Dhoni spoke about the importance of mental health and mental clarity in life. “Mental health and mental clarity are very important in life,” he said. “Not just in the case of players. Many do not talk to the coach about stress. I think the relationship between the coaches and the players needs to be strengthened.”