Dhoni made sure that no player was late for training: Upton

KOLKATA: Former Indian Mental Conditioning Coach Paddy Upton Wednesday Revealed That When MS Dhoni Assuming The Position Of Captain Of The Cricket Team Of India In The Format Of Over 50 Years, The Attacker Had A Unique Idea To Ensure That His Teammates Did Not Arrive Late To Any Meeting And Training Of The Team.

Speaking During A Media Event Here For His New Book 'The Barefoot Coach', Upton Narrated How The Captains Of Then Anil Kumble & Dhoni Came Up Innovative Ideas.

"When I joined the team Anil Kumble was the captain of the Test team & MS Dhoni was the captain of the ODI team. We had a very self-governing process. So we said to the team 'is it important to be on time for the practice & team meetings?' Everyone said yes it is," said Upton.

" So We Asked Them If Anyone Is Not On Time Is There Anything One Should Give Up? We Discussed It Among Ourselves And The Players, And Eventually It Was Left To The Captain To Decide," I Added.

Upton Said That While Kumble Concluded That Every Latecomer Should Be Fined Rs 10,000, Dhoni Suggested For An Even Bigger Punishment And Said That If A Player Was Late, The Rest Of The Side Would Pay Up Rs 10,000 Each.

" In The Test Team, Anil Kumble Said That The Result Would Be A Thousand Rupees Fine, That The Person Would Have To Pay, And Then We Had The Same Conversation With The One Day Team And There Also MS (Dhoni) Said That 'yes There Should Be A Consequence So If Somebody Is Late, Everybody Will Pay 10,000 Rupees Fine!' Nobody Was Ever Late From The One Day Team Again," Upton Said.

Upton Also Praised Dhoni For His Calmness And Said:" His Real Strength Is His Calmness And Composure, Regardless Of The Situation Of The Game, Being Such A Strong Leader, Using His Level-headedness In Tough Situations, He Gives The Other Players Permission To Remain Calm And Composed."

" That I Think Is The Real Strength That I Have," He Added.