Ever since MS Dhoni made his debut in International cricket in 2004, the limited-overs skipper has endured a roller-coaster ride in the game. He is the one who always credit his team members for the success and takes the blame on himself whenever his team loses.
A short story is shared by Dhoni fan about an incident which he witnessed on an occasion when whole Indian team laughed on the skipper but he didn’t even care.
As said by a person who watched it :
“I had an opportunity to meet him in 2006 when he was a rising star. It was a very unique, although a small experience.
Here it goes:
Location: Cricket Club of India, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Occasion: A party thrown by BCCI for Rahul Dravid’s 100th test appearance and Anil Kumble’s 400 wickets in tests. Also, England was touring India. I was a Hotel Management student then. So, the stadium is all decked up and people are supposed to arrive soon. Suddenly, there is a rush and in comes Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff. All the girls start following him. (I overhear a girl saying ‘I wish I could marry him!!) We guys are waiting for the Indian team (of course).
With a lot of fanfare enter the greats – Dravid, Sachin, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Bhajji etc.
They occupy the front seats on the tables. Following them are the youngsters like Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Munaf along with the man with long tresses, MS Dhoni!
Now, the young bunch is well-behaved as all the stalwarts of Indian cricket are around, as are many celebrities. MSD takes a seat with the youngsters. They are joking amongst themselves. Now, the starters are being circulated in the usual shaadi style with toothpicks. Everybody is, very formally, picking one and eating it the peculiar, artificial, snobbish way. All of a sudden, I hear someone shouting.”
“MSD: Arey Bhai, idhar aana zara.
Waiter: Yes Sir?
MSD: Kya hai ye?
Waiter: Sir, Hara Bhara Kebab.
MSD takes all the kebabs (around 15) on a plate, takes the big chutney bowl and then says:
Aur lekar aana yaar zara. Itni bhook lagi hai aur tum yeh itna sa lekar aa rahe ho. Isse zyada lana abhi.
He starts eating like one eats in their drawing room. The whole table bursts into laughter. MSD smiles and concentrates on his kebabs.
As a hospitality graduate, I have seen a fair share of small towners getting nervy and artificial in 5 star surroundings. MSD’s coolness and ‘I don’t give a damn’ attitude was indeed very amusing and endearing to me.”
This incident shows how simple is Captain Cool MS Dhoni off the field too. But still, he is probably the only cricketer in the world, who, despite achieving tremendous glory for his country is hated as much as he is admired by the Indian cricket fans.