Cricket Will never Forget This Date 'August 15, 2020' This Time ' 19:29 P.M.'
Forget His Gigantic Records. Cricket Will Never See These Things Again
Unpretentious Despite Being The Best
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not the one, who stands in the front of flashes despite knowing that he's the one, why camera flashes are on his team not on the rivals. In 2013, India headed to Jamaica for the tri-series against Sri Lanka and West Indies. Dhoni missed some group matches due to a hamstring injury, and Virat Kohli led India for the first time and took them to the finals. MSD returned to the squad for the final and scored 45* from 52 balls to hand India a thrilling 1-wicket victory. In the post-match presentation, when he was called to collect the trophy, he pushed Virat forward.
The Modern-Day 'Dharamraj Yudhishthira'
Despite knowing that it'll hurt his team, maybe some fans will curse him, Dhoni always went for the 'fair game'. In the second Test match of the 2011 series against England at Lord's, MS Dhoni called England's Ian Bell back after he was run out. The umpires consulted the third umpire, who ruled Bell out but it was MS Dhoni, who had withdrawn the appeal and called him back. Dhoni went on to receive the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award at a ceremony in London the next month for his sportsman spirit.
Language of Respect
Mahi always respected everyone, be it his opponents, teammates, or veteran cricketers, the only language he used throughout his career was the 'language of respect'. Sourav Ganguly was one of the greatest captains of India played his last match under the captaincy of Dhoni at Nagpur against the Australians. On the fifth day of the Test, Dhoni handed over the captaincy to Dada, but he relented. However, when Aussies were 9 down, Dhoni once again offered the role to Ganguly, and he accepted it this time. The class act won made people fall in love with this God's own son once more.
The epitome of 'Opponents Not Enemies'
Dhoni was the true modern-day ambassador of the gentleman's game and taught everyone the massive difference between rivalry and sportsmanship. The fifth ODI (series decider) between India and South Africa at the Wankhede, Mumbai. Faf du Plessis got a severe cramp on his legs and screamed out loud in pain. Dhoni recognized the urgency of the situation and immediately went to du Plessis' assistance before the Protea medical team arrived.
A Coolest Leader Ever
The master of the most difficult skill, 'steering the team out of impossible situations', such talent. He turned his doubters into believers on numerous occasions by taking the rarest of decisions in the coolest of manners. But success is not the reason why everyone used to listen to him, and it was his family touch with every single player that made him everyone's favorite. There's a reason Cricket God, Sachin Tendulkar complimented him saying "Dhoni is the best captain I have played under."
We will miss you Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Thank you for all the memories.
By Rishabh Naudiyal