Form is temporary, Class is permanent
In today’s times, the easiest way to make someone angry is to be judgemental about them. Our work life is filled with colleagues who get so upset when one appraisal sends them to despair. Despite evolved systems and tools, much of the appraisals are about judgement and perception. Spare a thought for the cricketers who are under constant appraisal through the year. A few failures and Dhoni was beginning to be written off.
Much of the game is played in the mind than on the field and it is here that Dhoni is a proven master. When all his team mates believe in their abilities, this man believes in his attitude and that is what makes him so special. Imagine a top performer in our workplace. We have all appreciated the performer, rewarded him, celebrated him. Does a couple of off colour performances push us to dump him? Why do we adopt different thought processes?
We must allow him the dignity to choose to leave the ODI arena on his own terms. He was dignity personified when he decided to retire from Test cricket earlier this year having played 90 matches. A 100 matches was only ten away and BCCI has a better structure of retirement benefits for those who have played more than 100 matches. And yet, the man follows his heart.
Call it luck or return to form or whatever, the man was able to silence his critics yesterday. However, success is funny, isn’t it? This silence will continue for one more match and perhaps the noise is only one failure away. I am not saying he is the perfect captain to have donned the India blues. He has been able to carry the legacy of the Ganguly era forward and establish his own credentials as a leader while being unimaginative in certain times.
Towards the end of the career, criticism takes over celebration. Ganguly was lauded and later laughed at. Dravid was becoming a liability, Laxman’s fitness and fielding suddenly came into focus. Sehwag’s hand eye co-ordination was a sore sight, Dhoni was celebrated but is now criticized. Kohli is being celebrated today..The time will come. You know what I mean. Life is a cycle and we must get over this habit of cynicism
He knows well that it is his attitude that has fetched him all the success he has enjoyed. And he knows it fully well that as long as he remains loyal to his attitude, his moments under the sun will continue. We have enjoyed him to be the man that he is. We must continue to believe in him and leave the decision to him. Amazingly, the man himself was unfazed by all the criticism. He kept calm and pat came an opportunity. 6 wickets down @ 124 runs against a tough opposition and our hero was busy rescuing the innings. A role so familiar. A responsibility we have all taken for granted on him.
These cricketers have given us a lot of memorable moments and every cricketer’s heart will beat for a respectable farewell. I think we owed them one! . They deserve a respectful goodbye when they walk into the evening of their careers. Not brickbats!
With a match winning 92 runs with the bat yesterday, our man has reiterated the old adage “form is temporary, class is permanent”
A true masterclass at that! Take a bow MSD
– Shashikanth Jayaraman