'It's important to have fun': MS Dhoni's inspirational speech to teammates after bonding session - Firstpost

'It's important to have fun': MS Dhoni's inspirational speech to teammates after bonding session

As India gears up for upcoming Test matches against West Indies and New Zealand, new head coach Anil Kumble has come up with unconventional ways for the team to bond over.

In the team's first bonding session since Kumble's takeover, senior players along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the ‘A’ team players set up a jamming session with  actor-musician Vasundhara Das’s group 'Drumjam'.

BCCI released a picture of the Indian team members enjoying a musical session with Vasundhara, who has also acted in critically acclaimed films like Hey Ram (with Kamal Hassan) and Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding. What the Indian team did today was called 'Drum Circle'. It is an activity where "a group of people seated in a circle, plays drums together"

But if the bonding session wasn't enough to lift up the team's spirits, following the music session, Dhoni gave an inspirational speech to his fellow teammates focusing on the importance of team spirit and enjoying cricket.

"Most of us started playing cricket when we were five. I think this is the period when the Indian cricket moves forward," said Dhoni addressing the players. "We have a set of batsmen who are into the Test arena, we have a pool of bowlers... this will be the phase that will be very interesting."

"All of you wont have a very good series, some of you will fail. But with seventeen Test matches, all of you would be successful. So it's important to enjoy the period which is tough. But till you stick together and till you enjoy as a group, I don't think there is anything that will stop you. So make sure to have a lot of fun," said the former Test captain.

"For a lot of us, if you take cricket out of our personal life, we don't have many things left. So we give it a lot of importance, but its important to have fun," he added.

The initiative was an extension to the various team building activities that Kumble has introduced, including ‘Buddy Project’, where players are split into groups of two with a senior player explaining his experiences in the cut-throat world of international cricket to a junior player.

With inputs from PTI

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