MS Dhoni - one of India's most successful cricket captains - decided to retire from Test cricket yesterday. Not many people expected him to achieve great things when he first played for India some 9 years ago. But, Dhoni not only proved his critics wrong as an individual but showed quickly that he excelled as a leader too. He led his team from the front, showing what grit, courage and sheer determination could achieve.
Several highly talented individuals played under his captaincy and he made the best use of the resources available to him. India reached the number 1 ranking under him and won the elusive world cup for the first time in 28 years.
A young man from a small town had big dreams and boy did he go on to achieve all of them. He walked away from one of the most demanding formats of sport with very little noise but only after having achieved something really huge. Dhoni demonstrated all the qualities of a great leader and showed what a good leader could achieve.