“Blessed with the rare equanimity”: VVS Laxman hails veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni

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VVS Laxman pays tributes to MS Dhoni (Image Source: AFP)

Former Indian batsman, VVS Laxman on May 30, had revealed that in coming days he would be paying tribute to his teammates who have left an influence on him. Laxman had said that he would share the lessons he learnt from those few cricketers who really inspired him during his playing days.


The former middle-order batsman started giving the information on the microblogging website Twitter.

“I have been very fortunate throughout my career to have played alongside men who inspired through their deeds. There are lessons to be learnt, like I did, from the way they carried themselves. Over the next few days, I’ll be paying tribute to teammates who influenced me immensely,” Laxman had tweeted.



In the tweet thread, VVS had paid tributes to cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Javagal Srinath, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan. Following the trend, the latest player on Laxman’s list is former India skipper MS Dhoni.

Laxman praised Dhoni’s leadership, saying he was a captain who “talked through his deeds.” The Hyderabadi cricketer said MSD’s calling card has always been his composure under pressure-cooker situations.

“Blessed with the rare equanimity of viewing cricket as a sport and not a matter of life and death, @msdhoni’s calling card was composure, especially under pressure. The 2007 World T20 triumph catalysed the stirring captaincy saga of a leader who talked through his deeds,” tweeted Laxman.



Dhoni made his debut in 2004, and in 2007 he became the captain of the Indian team leading his side to a historic T20 World Cup victory.

The Ranchi-born then took over the captaincy in all the three formats. In 2011, he directed “Men in Blue” to win the 50-over World Cup after 28 years. In 2013, India won the Champions Trophy under his leadership as well.

In December 2014, Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket. Then in 2017, the 38-year-old handed over the responsibility of captaincy to Virat Kohli.


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