Mahendra Singh Dhoni had some motivational words for the West Indies-bound Indian cricket team players. After taking part in the drum-circle event on Sunday as a part of team bonding exercise, India’s ODI and T20I captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, followed the exercise with a pep talk. He started by saying that the players should enjoy playing, the way they have enjoyed playing the instrument.
He said, “Most of us started playing cricket when we were five. I think this is the period when Indian cricket will move forward. Last two years, three years, we were talking of youngsters getting into Test cricket. Now, we have a set of batsmen who are into the Test arena. We have a pool of bowlers. We are not talking about two, three or four batsmen but a lot of batsmen. And, we are talking about a lot of bowlers. And, this is the phase which is going to be very interesting.”
Dhoni then urged the players to stay together in even the difficult times. He said, “Some of you will fail. But, with 17 Test matches, all of you will be successful. So, it is important to enjoy the period which is tough. But, till you stick together, till you enjoy, I don’t think there is anything that will stop you.”
He concluded his motivational speech by asking players to have fun, irrespective of the situation they are in. He said, “Make sure that you have a lot of fun. That is something that we in Indian cricket don’t often do. Cricket is too much for us. For a lot of us, if you take cricket out of our personal lives, there aren’t many things left. So, we actually give it a lot of importance. But, it is important to have fun. And these 45 minutes that we spent here, it just suggests that we can have fun anywhere in the world. We just need the company of us.”