I never allow myself to be pressured.
If you don't really have a dream, you can't really push yourself; you don't really know what the target is.
It's important to learn and not repeat the same mistakes. What's done is done.
I live in the present with an eye on the future.
I have always believed that process is more important than results.
Self-confidence has always been one of my good qualities. I am always very confident. It is in my nature to be confident, to be aggressive. And it applies in my batting as well as wicketkeeping.
For me, opposition is just another opposition.
I believe in giving more than 100% on the field, and I don't really worry about the result if there's great commitment on the field. That's victory for me.
I love to be in the moment. I love to analyse things a bit.
I have three dogs at home. Even after losing a series or winning a series, they treat me the same way.
If you are good at studies, and you want to play cricket, you may work harder than any other person, but you may not achieve it. So it's something you have to balance in life and be practical where you are good and then channelise your efforts in the right direction to be successful in life.
I don't study cricket too much. Whatever I have learned or experienced is through cricket I've played on the field, and whatever little I have watched.
Winning the World Cup was very special because it meant so much to so many. One thing about our country that is constant is cricket. The smile it brought to people's faces was the thing I shall always remember. It reminded me, reminded all of us, of our importance to the lives of the Indian people less lucky than we are.
Cricketers have a very short shelf life. On an average, you make money through cricket for five years, but you need to survive for sixty years.
When people talk about South Africa, it's all about lions and elephants. But when we talk about India, we talk about tigers.
I am always the one who is responsible for anything bad that happens in Indian cricket. Everything that happens is because of me.
Finishing is one of the most difficult things to do in cricket. A player can't be a finisher in just 6 months or one year. You have to be used to that responsibility, keeping on doing what is required from you over a period of time.
I have formed the Mahendra Singh Dhoni Charitable Trust which organises cricket tournaments in Jharkhand to identify promising cricketers so that we can help groom them, either in India or abroad.
Cricket is not everything, not by any means, but it is a large part of who I am.
I tell my wife she is only the third most important thing after my country and my parents, in that order.
Going out for rides with my friends and having lunch or dinner at a roadside hotel - that's my favourite time-pass.
I care most about how people live their lives, what choices they make, and how they get the best from themselves.
I like to stay away from the game when I am not playing it.
I am in the hands of Deori Maa. Every time I come to Ranchi, I visit her temple. I still remember my first visit.
You may earn whatever money you earn as a cricketer, but you want to play for your country. At the end of the day, you want to do something special. There are plenty of people who earn 50 crores or 100 crores as businessmen or big professionals or who are really doing well in business. But what gives pleasure to your mom and dad is the fame.
For me, it's important to build good partnerships rather than score centuries. Once, you have those partnerships, you will also get centuries.
Cricket is not everything, not by any means, but it is a large part of who I am. Therefore, I want to play in all formats of the game and to play as much as possible because, before long, it will be over.
For me, fielding and running between the wickets are two things that are very important. For that, you need to motivate the guys about how much of an effect it will have on the game.
One of my theories is to be captain on the field and off the field, you need to totally enjoy each other's company. I don't like discussing cricket off the field.
My wife wants me to eat fish; she says it is delicious. But I don't like fish, so that is that.
Getting up quite late in the morning, going and trying to clean my bikes - I have quite a few of them in Ranchi - spending some time with my family, my parents and friends. Going out for rides with my friends and having lunch or dinner at a roadside hotel - that's my favourite time-pass. These are the sort of things that really excite me.
The era of playing aggressive cricket and to have the mid-on up is gone. You now try to read the mindset of a batsman.
When I was playing for my school, the only thing I wanted to do was get selected for the Under-16 or the Under-19 district teams. When I was selected for the district, I would think about the next level, which was getting selected for the state side.
You need to perform consistently, and if you're raising the standard, you have to stand by it. You have to keep on doing well.
You learn a lot more when you're going through a rough period compared to the good times when everything goes your way.
Whether a player has played one match or a hundred, we should give him respect for what he has achieved and leave it at that.
I really don't care what people say; I found Srinivasan as someone who was always there to help cricketers.
I used to play a lot of tennis-ball cricket.
One thing about our country that is constant is cricket.
Frankly, I never thought that I would represent my country one day.
Spirit of cricket is not about just the guidelines provided.
I love my country. I tell my wife she is only the third most important thing after my country and my parents, in that order.
After the first ball is bowled, it's only chaos. What you are trying to do is you're trying to manage the chaos. It's not like a script that happens.
I'm a person who lives very in the moment.
What is important is to have a positive intent right from the start, and positive intent doesn't always mean looking for the big shots. Positive intention when it comes to defending a ball or looking for a single.
Please criticize me, but how can you accuse me of something like fixing a cricket game after all that the game has given me.
If you keep winning, you don't know the areas you've to work hard.
If you have forest, if you have green forest, the water table goes up. What happens with deforestation is the water level goes down and we all know how much importance drinking water has.
From when I was a young boy, I read books on weapons and tanks and combat. I was so interested in the army.
Let me tell you, it is an absolute lie that I told a probe panel that Meiyappan was only a cricket enthusiast. All I said is he had nothing to do with the team's on-field cricketing decisions. I can't even pronounce the word 'enthusiast.'
Gut feeling is all about the experiences that you have had in your life. It is about being in difficult scenarios, knowing what worked, what did not work, and then taking a decision.
I live for the moment - not the future, not the past.
Maybe because I bat aggressively and go for big hits at times, people tend to remember my batting. But I have always done well as a stumper, too.
In Test matches, you have to play consistent cricket for a period of time.
If you're playing against an aggressive side, you need to play an aggressive game.
I never thought of playing for any other franchise other than CSK. Chennai is my second home. Fans here have adopted me as one of their own.
We have to understand that the five-day format has its own uncertainties, unlike ODIs or T20s. In ODIs, you know that you have to field for 50 overs only, while in Test cricket, there may be a situation that a team might bat for one-and-a-half to two days.
I don't like discussing cricket off the field.
In tennis ball cricket, even it's hit from the toe of the bat, the ball still travels a lot, but in normal cricket, it has to be the middle part of the bat, so it requires a lot of work.
Unless you know the individual, it's very difficult to advise that individual as to what he needs to do.
Winning the World Cup was very special because it meant so much to so many.
My dad and my brother were more keen on football, but I used to play canvas-ball cricket while at school in Ranchi, and we would have cricket coaching camps in the summer vacations. That's how I started.
One-day cricket is about aggression and flair, but Test cricket is a different ball game. One has to struggle through the hard periods initially and then look on to get a respectable score on the board.
It doesn't matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 - you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings.
You can't take any team lightly.
I like to make statements on the field.
A lot of things have changed since I made my debut in 2004. The way cricket is played has changed. The kind of players that are coming in the Indian team are drastically different than what we were used to. My role is quite the same. You only evolve with time, and that's what I am trying to do.
I have more than I will ever need for one life.
You go through tough times. What I personally believe in is you should forget the stats. But also, it pushes you to see the areas where you have to work on to be a consistent team.
The biggest problem is when a player asks a captain why he is not playing but does not want an honest answer.
If you don't perform, and you're part of the team, whether you're playing your first Test or 50th Test match, criticism goes hand in hand, so that's something you can't really get away from. If you don't perform, you will be criticised.
If you play cricket for India, money is bound to come, and with IPL in and match money of the Ranjhi trophy, I think money is there. There's no good reason why you should not work hard, because at the end of the day, you want to play for your country.
The more allrounders you have, the more difficult it becomes for the opposition. The reason being, if you have players who can bat and bowl, and if they are proper allrounders - they may be spinning or fast-bowling allrounders - they add to the strength of the team.
The biggest learning during my tenure as a captain was that, a lot of time, I used to think that this is common sense. But no, there is nothing called common sense.
Till the 10th standard, I was quite good - I got 66% that year. After my 10th, I got really involved with cricket, so I didn't have any time to study. And my parents didn't push me, either, which was very good for me.
When you help sportspersons achieve their full potential, you propel the sporting quotient of the entire country.
I'm quite used to playing with few injuries, whether it is back, fingers, elbow, or something else. You have to be tough and get on with the game.
Movies are a big part of our Indian culture.
I think it is always a challenge when you go and play abroad. You are competing against the home team, and they know the conditions well. Their fast bowlers always know which length to bowl and also the areas in which they need to bowl.
I have faced challenges during the initial stages of my career, and I see Run Adam as filling a vacuum.
Our biggest strength has always been the fans. All over, wherever we have gone, CSK has got support.
You have seen cricketers who are not god-gifted, but even then, they have gone far. That's because of the passion.
Run Adam will play a significant role in aspiring sportspersons' life to achieve their dreams.
What captains want is players who move well in the field.
As a skipper, when you try to manipulate the field, you need to see the strengths of the fast bowlers.
Nobody really wants to bowl a bad over, but if it happens, the individual is more disappointed than anyone else in the stadium or the team. Ideally, it is best to leave him to this thoughts and then have a chat with him after the team is back at the hotel when he will be less frustrated and more accepting.
Sometimes in T20, you need to bowl only one over, and once the captain has given you that one over, irrespective of whether it is good or bad, that one over is out of the equation. That actually helps you, that one over. By the time the batsman figures out what you are trying to do, you get rid of one over.
In front of 40,000 people, you don't really want to drop a catch or misfield. It's part and parcel of the game.
I feel some of the sides are blessed when it comes to having allrounders.
I love being in the present. When I was playing for my school, the only thing I wanted to do was get selected for the under-16 or the under-19 district teams. When I was selected for the district, I would think about the next level, which was getting selected for the state side. I'm a person who lives very in the moment.
After one Olympics, if we invest in sports and say we will get a gold medal in the next Olympic, it doesn't work like that in sports. How it works is that you provide the infrastructure, provide education about nutrition and health.
I am touched by the admiration and ovation I receive from CSK fans, which will always remain close to my heart.
You can't make three or four spinners bowl the exact number of overs. You don't see the number of overs bowled by them before you make a bowling change; you see who looks effective and make a bowling change.
If the batsman is playing good shots, you accept it, but it is important that we bowl according to what the plan is and not go off it.
Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn't possible.
Even when you bowl a bad over, try to restrict it in between 15-18 runs, because if you go higher than that, it has a bigger impact on the game.
You need more individuals who can do more than one job in the field. Especially if all of them are good fielders and if they can contribute with bat and ball if needed. Just adds to the strength of the side.
I don't believe in calling someone and having a big chat, because that puts a lot of added pressure on them. If somebody is doing something or involved in fielding practice, then a little chit-chat at that time helps because it's informal and doesn't add any pressure.
I don't think I will ever make my all-time greatest India team. You cannot compare one era with another, as they will be different.
What we have seen is that sports is definitely developing in India. I can see a lot of positive things happening in India. It may take a bit more time, but with proper guidance and people having passion for sports, I don't think we are far away from becoming a good sporting nation.