When Dhoni kept up the Guru-Shishya tradition by cancelling a team event for Gary Kirsten
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The fiery combination which former Indian Coach Gary Kirsten and then Indian Cricket captain MS Dhoni made up together resulted in some of the greatest results of all time for the Indian Cricket. Kirsten-Dhoni together led India to that winning-six-moment in Wankhede in 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, as well as to the number spot in ICC Test Rankings.
Former South African Opening Batsman, in a recent interview given on ‘The RK Show’ on YouTube revealed that other than having an incredible presence as a leader, it was Dhoni’s loyalty that made him one of the most impressive people Kirsten ever met in his life.
“One of the most impressive people I have met, he is a great leader of people, he’s got incredible presence as a leader, but the most important thing is that he is loyal,” Kirsten said.
Taking a dive in his glorious memory waters whose life-inducing elements is nothing else other than Cricket, Gary recalled an incident when MS Dhoni cancelled a complete team event because Gary and a few other South African Cricket professionals were denied entry at a ‘critically secure’ location because of their non-Indian origins.
“I’ll never forget, just before the World Cup, we were invited in Bangalore to go to the flight school, to go and kind of have a look at that. Obviously, we had a couple of foreigners in our support staff, and we got word back on the morning before the whole team was meant to go – and everyone was looking forward to the event – that the three South Africans, which were myself, Paddy Upton and Eric Simmons, weren’t going to be allowed into the flight school because it was seen as a potential security risk,” Gary said.
“So MS cancelled the whole event. He just said, ‘These are my people. If they’re not allowed in, none of us are going’. And that was what he was about,” he added.
Gary said that in the three years when Dhoni and him were together leading the team, they built a very strong relationship despite many ups and downs in the victory-loss graph of the team.
“He was very loyal to me, and I think he saw that as well, there were times when we didn’t always win games and we’d have some tough times. We’d spend a lot of time, just one on one together, talking through, taking the team forward. I think we built a strong relationship in the three years we had together,” Kirsten said.
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