Review of the book - Think and Win like Dhoni

Think and Win like Dhoni is a classical work of Sfurti Sahare in her maiden attempt and a different piece of literature on a living legend. It not only chronicles his cricketing achievements but makes an indepth study of mind's working and its relationship between luck and hard work in the man's life. A brief review of the book is presented here, yet one should read the book to have a comprehensive understanding of the presentation of thoughts by the young author.

About the author

The Nagpur born twenty three year old Sfurti Sahare is a Computer Engineer from Pune university and a National Chess Player. Known as a Motivational Speaker, she is associated with various organisations, Sports teams, entrepreneurs and their teams to help them to achieve excellence. It would have been a challenging task to a novice to write about India's biggest Sports' Icon and correlating the his lifestyle and team management with the stokes of personality development. She faced many problems to get it published as the copy was rejected for 23 times and jaico came forward to publish it and now Amazon is the No.1 best seller of the book in marketing.

A brief review of the book and its salient features

The book is aimed at motivating the young mind who are influenced by the success of their favourite sport stars. It speaks about the Mind tactics played by Dhoni and their application at difficult times which help us to chase our dreams and realise them into practice. To be successful in life, one should follow certain work ethics and the Dhoni Mantra is nothing but following the work ethics very strictly which made him the ultimate performer.

This is a competitive world and one should move ahead of other competitors by using some tips and mind tactics and that made really the difference for Dhoni to score a higher success rate in his sporting career. The Six that was hit by Dhoni in the last over of the 2011 World Cup final has rewritten the history of the World Cup and India won it for the second time after 28 years. The confidence and determination by withstanding against the pressure as a player and a Captain, Dhoni very confidently played the last ball of the game to send it for a six and became the winner of the hearts of thousands of sports lovers including the author. It is neither simple nor complex to understand but one should realise how he fought against all odds where the match was certain to be out of hands and Dhoni never succumbed to the mental pressure.

Thus the book 'Think and Win like Dhoni'is definitely a masterpiece of literature which tries to differentiate the subtle difference between luck and hard work. Very interesting to read the experiences shared by Dhoni himself that makes the sincere attempt made by the author truly rewarded. The novice in English literature or novel world, Sfurti has worked for 3 and a half years to make a comprehensive study about Dhoni by visiting his friends and relatives at Ranchi and also Saurav Ganguly at Kolkata. The book makes some interesting facts revealed a lad wandering on the roads of Ranchi rose to the level of a world class cricketer with style which can't be ruled out by means of sheer luck. An attempt was made by the author by analysing the working style of Dhoni to think ways and means to a problem instead of harping on them with negative thoughts. Just have a life beyond mediocrity by making the best from every opportunity that knocks our door and without leaving any stone unturned. The book inculcates a spirit of positive approach towards life with given examples of the working of a World Cup winner's mind.

Debutant Sfurti Sahare made a fine and versatile knock by presenting her thoughts in a positive way by taking the objective element of the high esteemed cricketer in a country where the sports icons are worshipped when they have brought laurels to the country.

Retaining smile in most adverse conditions is not always possible but the cool guy is certainly different from that and his simple smile on the face at the time of adversity is not a symbol for his giving up hope but an indication that he is determined to put his efforts more to make it possible to win. Sfurti Sahare made a wonderful attempt by making it a point sport lovers should learn from Dhoni that one should preach what he practices. It makes you realise that the journey hasn't been as easy, or lucky as it is made out to be. A reading of the book definitely makes us to understand what makes keeps him quite cool and calm under pressure and how he manages to retain his smile in the most adverse of conditions.

Dhoni- a man with difference

His success rate as Indian skipper brought him laurels on and off the field and his working style has been the subject of numerous business and marketing courses as well. His right tactical changes like bringing the 6ht or 7th down batsman to 1st order to change the pace of the game really worked many a times and he was ready to transfer the responsibility of captaincy to Saurab Ganguly when he was not physically fit to play the game, even though he knows that it may cost his cap at a later date. But his true attitude made him to be a genuine leader. One of the biggest reasons for his success as captain was that he understood each and every player in the team so that he could utilise their potential and resources in a useful way, the real capability of a captain plays a role here.

The characteristics of a composed personality well portrayed in this book

The inherent the principles of management and self-help have featured more in his working style that helped him to face the situation against all odds. People may think that Dhoni is a very lucky guy to win the world cup under his captaincy after 28 years but the 'Dhoni way of working style' has made the difference. In fact the same thing happened when India won the world cup for the first time when the Kapil's dare devils shocked the reigning champions West Indies in 1983. Dare to achieve and don't be fear of hurdles that may come in the way and move forward to achieve anyway – was the formula he chose to apply and the same yielded positive results.

His cool temperament to handle criticism with grace, the book focussed on the style of functioning of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Captain. Few instances such as giving the ball to Ishant Sharma against England at Lord's in 2014 which proved to be the worst decision by a captain were also discussed in detail and Dhoni accepting them gracefully.

When the Indian team was routed bitterly by England and Australia during 2011 and he was asked which defeat has pinched him most. He simply responded, "When you have to die, you die. Don't think which the better way to die is". Thus it shows the way of approach that the dynamic sportsperson adopts and fight with courage.

Wrap up

Yet, the book gave a scope to understand Dhoni in a positive note that the world to see which so far branded him as a luckiest guy in the world of cricket and the motivation part is more relatable with Dhoni being a perfect example for others to follow.
Yes, life is always with full of struggles, no need to lose hope. I end up this article with the quote by Dhoni – "Till the full stop doesn't come, the sentence is not complete".

Article by Jagdish Patro
Jagdish Patro is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to ISC and other websites. Fond of reading books, novels and spends his leisure time by listening to music. He did his B.Sc in Applied Chemistry and his M.Sc in Resource Development Technology. He edited and published an in-house monthly journal by name ‘Srujana’ during 2009-2011 which was totally a private circulation.

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