“Everybody has views in life and it should be respected,” he said. “I have always felt that sports is one way of learning about life. How you deal with disappointments, how you are supposed to come in front of people when you have either you have won or lost a game. At the same time, how you stand up to criticism, and how you have an open mind about learning and improving yourself.”
Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 and has been a vital cog in India’s limited-overs side. However, with his hitting and finishing prowess on the wane, and the expectations still sky high, his failures are often over scrutinised. With nothing to prove to anyone, Dhoni said it’s the drive to represent the country that keeps him going.
“Representing the country is the best motivation for me,” he pointed out. “We play cricket for only a span of time. We play for one year to 15 years, some play for 20 years. But in a lifespan, say you live for 70 years, 10-15 years is nothing.
“The only thing I can say is that I am representing my country. My biggest motivation is being part of the Indian cricket team. I have always believed that the process is more important than the result. I have never thought about the results. I have always believed in what is the right thing to do at that moment.
“I have always been involved in the process, and have never burdened myself with what if the result does not go my way. At the end of the day when the match gets over, if I look into the mirror and say to myself that I have tried my best, then I am satisfied.”