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Here Is How MS Dhoni Planned A Punishment To Make Players Be On Time For Practice

sportzwiki 2019-05-15 10:06:14

You might have seen breaking a sweat on the middle for the , but, everything will not be the same when it comes to the practice sessions. A section of cricketers, who hardly believe in practice sessions, either gives it a miss or comes late to the practice. Meanwhile, Paddy Upton, the former staff of the Indian team reveals how MS Dhoni countered it.

Those were the days when Anil Kumble was the skipper of the Test cricket team while Mahendra Singh Dhoni was asked to lead the team in ODI format. The Indian team isn’t a force to reckon in those days, as the bowling and the fielding have been India’s biggest weakness.


Revealing the secret, Paddy Upton quoted that the team members, staff and the skippers attended a meeting, where they discussed regarding the practice sessions. He revealed that every cricketer in the team accepted that practice session is a must at the international level and decided to take the punishment if the concerned cricketer is late.

MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble would decide the punishment:

They gave the quantum of punishment decision to the skippers Anil Kumble and MS Dhoni. The former Test skipper Kumble stated that the person, who will be late to the practice session must pay INR 10,000 as a fine to the management.


“When I joined the team Anil Kumble was the captain of the Test team and MS Dhoni was the captain of the ODI team. We had a very self-governing process. So we said to the team ‘is it important to be on time for the practice and team meetings?’ Everyone said yes it is. So we asked them if anyone is not on time is there anything one should give up? We discussed it amongst ourselves and the players, and eventually, it was left to the captain to decide,” said Upton.

Nobody was ever late:

Meanwhile, who is always smart in operating things stated that the entire team must pay INR 10,000 each if one person gets late. This rule made every cricketer think twice before coming late to the net sessions and the plan worked, as none was late since then, as per Paddy Upton.

“In the test team, Anil Kumble said that the consequence would be a ten thousand rupees (10,000) fine which the person who was late would have to pay. And then we had the same conversation with the one day team and there also MS (Dhoni) said that ‘yes there should be a consequence. So if somebody is late, everybody will pay ten thousand rupees fine!’ Nobody was ever late from the one day team again,” the South African recalled.

MS Dhoni unarguably has one of the sharpest cricketing brains in the world. Having led the Indian team to multiple ICC titles during his tenure as captain, the Ranchi-born wicket-keeper batsman will now head to the 2019 World Cup hoping to lift what could be his last ICC trophy as a player.

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