You can always expect to hear the unexpected at a MS Dhoni press conference. They can range from the bizarre to the profound to the rib-tickling. Here are a few of the Dhoni-isms that have stood out over the years.
Before I start I should say I read an article by you (Ravi Shastri) in Crincinfo. You’d said Australia were the favourites. Today I think me and the boys, we have proved you wrong.
— Durban, 2007 Dhoni to Shastri after winning the 2007 World T20 semifinals versus Australia
When it comes to the mind it depends on what you’re feeding into the mind. You come and say, ‘This is Napier’ and it believes it’s Napier. If you see, it’s an abstract. When people say ‘He’s in form’, nobody has seen form. It’s a state of mind.
— Napier, 2009 on reaching Napier just 18 hours before the Test
Till the full stop doesn’t come the sentence is not complete.
— Mumbai, 2011 on the eve of the World Cup final
What we have seen is that our spinners have taken the wickets, which doesn’t reflect on the scorecard which means that our off-spinners have taken slightly less wickets than others.
— Brisbane, 2014 on being asked about his team’s issues against off-spinners
You die, you die. You don’t see which is the better way to die.
— Perth, 2012 on comparing two whitewashes in England and Australia
When I look at the mirror, I see a lot of grey beard.
— Mirpur, 2014 on what has changed since the time India won the World T20 in 2007
It is winter out there, and summer out here, so get ready to feel the heat Down Under. I took it very seriously. I didn’t pack a single jacket, only to realise it is pretty cold here.
— Melbourne, 2011 on the Australian weather