Is MS Dhoni overrated?

Answer by Juhi Singh:

The Question is – “IS MS DHONI OVERRATED?” (without any details).
So, here is my answer to it:
I see a lot of Dhoni/ Cricket fans out here arguing but at the end of the day Cricket is a sport. Unfortunately, In India Sports start with Cricket and ends with cricket which definitely makes any sports person being under or overrated due to the “choice of the game” rather than their achievements!
Indian cricket team loses any match – the team complains of lack of amenities (I guess they wanted a 7 – star treatment as 5 – star wasn’t enough). Now, think about other sports persons winning world and olympic medals – what do they get?
Unless, the biopics are made on any sports person (other than cricketers, because cricket is not a game but a religion in India) or they gain international media attention (then only Indian media is awakened! Do you call one or two liner coverage a media attention? when pages are filled only on lifestyles of cricketers or probably their girlfriends & wives), we really don’t know about their achievements.
I don’t know whether to call Dhoni over or underrated but I know for a matter of fact that there are many … and trust me its MANY! who have not got their share of attention/ respect/ name/ adverts/ money …. etc. just because they were not a cricketer!
To name a few:
1. Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav – India’s 1st individual Olympic winner:
He is best known as a Wrestler who won a Bronze medal at the 1952 summer Olympics. A name long – long forgotten and he definitely is underrated and didn’t receive the kind of attention and treatment he should have!

2. Dhyan Chand – Probably, few would say he’s not underrated – why? Just because we know his name – is that enough?:
Having won 8 Olympic Gold medals so far (Total 11 Olympic medals), World cups, Asian Cups, Asia medals, Champions trophy, CW Games and so on, Indian hockey team definitely deserves a little more attention than it does! We definitely know the playing style of all past & present players of Indian cricket, how about hockey?
Thus, Dhyan Chand who opened the doors of victory for India at Olympics and lead us for 3 Olympic Golds (1928, 32 & 36) is definitely another underrated player according to me. I am sure after the biopic (under progress) being relesed, we would know more about him

3.  K. Malleswari – first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal:
In a span of 10 year career, she has won 11 gold and three silver medals besides the prestigious Olympic bronze in international arena.
– 1992 Asian Championship: 3 Silver medals
– World Championship: 3 Bronze
1995 – World Championship won the world weightlifting title with a new record, by lifting 113.0 kg;
Malleswari was married in 1997, and moved to Yamuna Nagar short break from competitive weight-lifting and returned to participate in the Bangkok Asian Games in 1998.
1998 Asian Games – She broke her own records in the Senior National Weightlifting Championship, and India’s first medal, a weightlifting silver
2000 Sydney Olympics: Bronze
Well, what do you think about her being underrated? I think a definite Yes!

4. Abhinav Bindra – first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games:
Yes, of course, we all know him. If not, its a shame on us to call ourselves an Indian or a sport follower!
2008 was It was also India’s first gold medal since 1980, when the Men’s Hockey Team won the gold. (Team sports)
He is the first and only Indian to have held both the World and Olympic titles at the same time, a feat he accomplished by capturing the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, after having won the gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships. He also won Gold in 2014 CWG.
But my question is compared our Indian team’s captain – is he “overrated” or “under”?

5. Viswanathan Anand – the humble chess champion who created the chess culture in India:

I’ve nothing more to say about him than just this brilliant editorial which appeared in Business standard:
India’s chess culture
India’s first Grandmaster and former world chess champion, Viswanathan Anand, recently lost a world championship match against Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Chess is a young person’s game, requiring mental plasticity and physical energy. Although Anand has no plans to retire, he turns 46 in December. This match may have been his last realistic chance at regaining the world title.

The Chennai resident has the unique distinction of having won and defended the title successfully in three different formats. He first challenged Garry Kasparov(unsuccessfully) way back in 1995, when Carlsen was four years old. At that time, India had just twoGrandmasters (the highest title in chess). There are now 36 Indian Grandmasters, eight women GMs and 60 International Masters. At the Tromso Olympiad in August this year, the Indian men’s squad won the bronze medal in the Open section where 172 nations were competing. The women’s team was also in the running for medals though it ultimately came tenth.

Koneru Humpy has been a challenger for the world women’s title. At world junior, and age-group levels, many Indians have won medals. At the World Youth Chess Championships in Durban in September for instance, Indians picked up six medals, including two golds. This was the largest haul by any country. The chess pyramid also has a broad base. India has the largest active chess population with over 43,000 players registered as having played a tournament in the last 12 months. The vast majority of those players are young and many are still in school.

Remarkably, this happened without much government support or recognition. If ever an individual could be said to have inspired an entire sporting movement, Anand did. Chess is perceived to be a healthy intellectual exercise largely because Anand coupled stunning success to his own brand of unassuming sportsmanship. The internet-infotech revolution was a force multiplier. The game has always fascinated mathematicians and programmers: information theorist Claude Shannon calculated that the number of possible positions exceeds the number of atoms in the universe. This makes it difficult to programme the search or prune the process for finding good moves. By the mid-1990s, Moore’s Law (computer power doubles roughly every three years) helped make a dent in the necessary massive calculations. That turned chess programmes and databases into world beaters. The internet also made it possible to play strong, geographically-dispersed opposition. Strong engines and online play have helped talented Indians hone their skills in ways that earlier generations could not.

The apex sports body, the All India Chess Federation or AICF is well-funded and efficient. There is a good domestic circuit with over Rs 4 crore disbursed as prize money in domestic tournaments in 2013. Most large cities have clubs and coaching. The AICF has seen its share of controversies, like other sports federations (N Srinivasan, the ousted chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India was the president of AICF between 2001 and 2011). At one stage, the sports ministry even debarred official funding to chess. That has changed. There is now some government support. Several public sector enterprises and public sector banks also hire players on respective sports quotas. But most of the support has come from the private sector with many sponsors expressing interest because of the excellent brand image.

Many talented young Indians nurture ambitions of making it to the very top. The biggest barrier to any such ambitions was always mental. It was considered utterly impossible for an “outsider” from a nation with no “chess culture” to break through and be part of an elite group. Anand shattered that preconception. He has the satisfaction of knowing that there are a bunch of teenagers and pre-teenagers who would like to emulate him.

These are only few and trust me there are many more to add to this list. This should be an eye opener why India has just won “26” medals in Olympics while our own neigbhour China has won a 3 – digit 213!

Concluding it, I still don’t know if MSD is under or overrated but for a matter of fact there are other sports personnel who are getting overshadowed because CRICKET is overrated!

Is MS Dhoni overrated?


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