• MikeRoss

It's Dhoni's birthday - perfect time to watch his biopic

Cricket is often described as a religion in India, which I would like to differ, as I feel it has united a billion people despite the differences, unlike religion. We’ve had many great cricketers, but it’s the Jersey no. 7 which is most recognised after the no. 10 (Sachin - the God of Cricket). MSD, fondly known as Thala is celebrating his birthday today (7/7), the number 7. He has been unconventional in so many ways.

He’s the synonym for composure. His records are the testament to what his capabilities are: first player to receive 3 ICC Trophies, ICC Player of the year for two consecutive years (2008&2009). It was absolutely not a cake wake for a guy who wasn’t fortunate enough to just pursue his dream.

As far as I know, he’s one among the very few who has had a Biopic (M.S. Dhoni -The Untold Story) during the peak of his career.

A captain will become a good captain only if his team is good   

My MSD moments in the movie:

1) His friend would inform him that, he has been selected for the Indian Cricket Team, but Dhoni would just keep calm and concentrate only on what he’s doing - play Badminton. What else needs to be shown to prove that nothing can move this guy.

2) The scene where he pours his heart out to his chief at the Railway Station, ‘vaalka ipdiye poiduma sir’ (will life pass by, without any progress) reflecting every youngster’s struggle to find the balance between family’s needs and personal desire.

Dhoni has shown me, not to hide behind reasons. What better reasons can you come up with than: being born in a middle class family, which has to be supported by you; you’re looked down just for your appearance (his hair style); scoring just 12 runs in total in the first four matches of the first ODI debut; facing anguish fans pelting stones at his home (aftermath of 2007 world cup). After all these, Dhoni took up the mantle, ready to face further criticism/struggle. Still you may say that luck did favour him, considering that it was Joginder Sharma and not Harbajan, whom Dhoni preferred for the last over. May be yes, luck could’ve favoured him, but even luck prefers the guy who has been bold enough to take further steps ahead and not the one, who just stays behind and condescends.

I’m pretty sure, if at all Dhoni has haters, it might be for his fans, who portray him to be the sole reason behind India’s success and not his attitude/behaviour. In Dhoni’s words, ‘A captain will become a good captain only if his team is good’. And he has never failed to mention his teammates. And we often hear him say during the match presentation, that he doesn’t care about the result of a match and it’s the process/progress, only which matters. And we’ve seen him follow this ardently as well – He would remain calm even if the team loses by a huge margin but can’t take a blunder (a mis-field/ wrong throw.)

We, from bingeopedia also like to express our appreciation and wishes to this man along with the million others who have done so. You can watch the movie in Disney+ Hotstar.

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