MS Dhoni is one of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game. Over the years, he has contributed immensely to Indian cricket and achieved greatness that very few cricketers have been been achieve, on the field.
MS Dhoni started his career as a wicketkeeper-batsman who could smash big hits and destroy any blowing attack on his day. But, his style and perspective towards the game changed when he was handed over the captaincy in 2007 for the inaugural ICC World T20 in England.
He led a young side with a lot of intelligence and calmness and won the first ever ICC World T20 trophy. That was the tournament that changed MS Dhoni’s life, and, also Indian cricket.
Considering the age of legendary cricketers that were in the team at that time, the selectors went for a long-term leadership option and gave the captaincy of all three formats of the game to MS Dhoni, who was in his mid 20s at that time.
And, since then, Indian cricket has progressed in the right direction and established itself as one of the superpowers in the world cricket. Dhoni helped youngsters grow and respected his seniors. Later, he passed on the responsibility to Virat Kohli in the most respectful manner.
When we talk of MS Dhoni, there are so many great moments that he has been a part of. There are so many records that he has broken. And, most importantly, there are so many trophies that India has won under his captaincy. But, still, there is one moment that stands out– the unforgettable six at the Wankhede stadium in the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
When we use the unforgettable it is because that six won India the world cup and it brought the entire nation together. We have seen many festivals being celebrated with joy and enthusiasm in India, but that night was something else. From policemen to politicians, everybody was a part of the celebration, and selflessly.
MS Dhoni, being the cool and calm man that he is, didn’t show too many emotions while most of the other Indian cricketers were in tears– tears of joy. Dhoni hugged his teammates and went back to the dressing room. Even after he came out and took a victory lap with Team India, he was walking with the support staff, away from all the celebration that was happening.
But, we have a little surprise for you.
India’s renowned journalist Rajdeep Sardesai has written a beautiful book on Indian cricket titled ‘Democracy XI’. It is a very well researched and written book that talks about the transformation of Indian cricket from the days of Tiger Pataudi to Virat Kohli.
Rajdeep Sardesai interviewed MS Dhoni for his book and the former Indian captain revealed who made him cry after he smashed that unforgettable six at Wankhede stadium. To which, Dhoni replied that when Indian cricketers came out running from the dressing room, everyone started hugging him and congratulated him, but when Harbhajan Singh who was in happy tears, hugged him, he couldn’t control his emotions and shed happy tears.
This is what MS Dhoni said:
“Yes, I cried, but the cameras didn’t catch it. I was naturally excited but held back the emotions till a tearful Harbhajan hugged me. That’s when I got teary-eyed but kept my head down so no one would see me crying,” MS Dhoni has been quoted as saying in Rajdeep Sardesai’s ‘Democracy XI’.
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