MS Dhoni is all about setting an example for the children.
What he said:
“A lot of time we are asked what spirit of cricket is. What I feel is it is something you don’t want your kids to do when they are playing.”
Mahendra Singh Dhoni re-defines the spirit of cricket. The Indian skipper does not need the ICC definition that states that “cricket is always played in a truly sportsmanlike manner.”
“Till they are not abusing each other, and don’t cross the line, it(aggression) is fine. A lot of kids and elderly people also watch the game. A lot of time we are asked what spirit of cricket is. What I feel is it is something you don’t want your kids to do when they are playing.
If anything that is within the boundaries, within the guidelines of the game, I am happy with it. You also want a bit of aggression in the game because it provides entertainment to the spectators.”
What he really meant:
“You wouldn’t want your kids sledging you when you’re playing backyard or courtyard cricket, do you?”
What he definitely didn’t:
“It’s all part and parcel of the game. Kids should take to sledging like a fish to water.”