Ah well, he is the king of timing… If only I had written this blog yesterday when I thought of writing it, he would still have been the captain of the Indian team :). MS Dhoni for long has been a favorite of mine … Many of my colleagues know that I have used his example for emotional intelligence, for how money chases skills and for how you can make a difference in a short span of time. The fact is MSD had no Godfathers in cricket and he wasn’t from India’s Mecca of cricket, Mumbai. He broke every mould and preconceived barrier to not just enter cricket but become the captain of the team and went on to becoming the greatest captain of all times – wow, and for all that he is from Jharkhand, not a state known for great cricket academies etc. Talent triumphs !!
Then IPL happened and rumors of betting happened and finally Sreesanth got banned … Meiyappan and Chennai Superkings’ owner Srinivasan got questioned and then the report mentioned current India team players being involved. Long back when Kapil Dev was accused of betting, I was in tears and I would have bet money to support him because it’s unthinkable that Kapil Dev would play badly or throw away a match for money. It was just out of the question. When rumors of Dhoni’s involvement in betting came about, I didn’t feel as certain. Maybe he is clean, but maybe, just maybe he is not. The very fact that his demeanour introduced some doubt in a fan’s mind, I lost respect for him. Harsh ? Yes that’s how fickle adulation is – a fan is constantly evaluating his or her idol on the pedestal and the minute the idol puts a foot wrong, the fan loses respect.
Yesterday for the first time, I felt Dhoni was insincere while playing in the second innings against Australia. I have never felt he was insincere before this, but clearly yesterday was so half hearted that it seemed insincere. Thank God we drew the match, but we could have lost just as easily. The sudden announcement that he is quitting test cricket, in the middle of a series … Sure, he has the right to decide at any time, but something doesn’t add up.
Infact, when I was at ISB’s Solstice program a couple of weeks back, Dr. Shashi Tharoor was the keynote speaker. His choice of words were great, diction flawless but he couldn’t touch the audience’s heart.. I thought then, if only this speech had been before the nation was treated to the Modi style oratory, it might have got a few more points from me :):). And then Kabir put the right word to Dr. Tharoor – he doesn’t give the feeling that he is sincere. And that was the word I was looking for. Dr. Tharoor comes across as insincere and more concerned with the appearance than the substance, the way he says things than what he really feels for it.
The worst detractors of our PM have to hand it to him that he is able to instantly connect with the audience, his oratory skills notwithstanding, it’s his deep passion for the subject that helps him connect with the audience. You may disagree completely with what he says, but you cannot disengage. His sincerity shines through.
Dr. Tharoor lacks that sincerity and I don’t think I will bother with his speaking assignments anymore. I still like the way he writes, and may continue to read his books, but will I take him seriously ? Nah !!
Insincerity in any sphere doesn’t pay. Either be sincere or don’t bother doing the thing. One of the roots of the word Sincere could be “Sine Cera” which translates to “no wax”. Sculptors in earlier times, used wax to gloss over their mistakes, so “Sine Cera” meant authentic sculpture without wax. Well, the meaning holds true in the modern word too – be authentic, don’t hide your flaws or gloss over them. Remain sincere.