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When MS Dhoni came up with unique punishment for Indian players not coming on time- and nobody was late again

Former India mental conditional coach Paddy Upton has revealed that MS Dhoni came up with a unique punishment to prevent players from coming late to practice during his time as ODI captain. Paddy Upton, who is currently promoting his book The Barefoot Coach, spoke about the mental solitude of former skipper Dhoni.

“Dhoni’s real strength is his calmness and composure, regardless of the situation of the game. And 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 he has,” said Upton during a media event in Kolkata.

He also recalled how Dhoni came up with an out-of-the-box punishment to prevent the members of the Indian team from coming late for training or team meetings.

“When I joined the team Anil Kumble was the captain of the Test team and 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 and team meetings?’ Everyone said yes it is. So we asked them if anyone is not on time is there anything one should give up? We discussed it amongst ourselves and the players, and eventually, it was left to the captain to decide,” said Upton.

Anil Kumble suggested a fine of Rs 10,000 for latecomers. However, Dhoni came up with another dimension to that punishment. MSD said that if a player was late each member of the side would have to pay Rs 10,000 fine.

“In the test team, Anil Kumble said that the consequence would be a ten thousand rupees (10,000) fine which the person who was late 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 a ten thousand rupees fine!’ Nobody was ever late from the one day team again,” the South African Upton recalled.