Mumbai, January 10: The crowd had arrived into the Brabourne Stadium to watch their revered hero, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and the wait ceased when he finally walked out to bat. Dhoni fan went berserk with chants of “Dhoni!, Dhoni!, Dhoni!”.
The Indian – England series began as per schedule, Dhoni wholeheartedly thanked his fans. In his last match as captain of the Indian side (January 10, today), Dhoni played for India A against England in a one-day warm-up game. Thanks to his presence, the stadium had crowd in large numbers. First they saw Dhoni before the match at practice and then at the toss. However, they waited for Dhoni to bat. And it finally happened. The thousands of fans could not control their adrenaline rush. They were jumping and chanting tirelessly. It was a mind blowing reception that he received.
The hero with his ever charming stride came into bat as Ambati Rayudu retired after scoring exactly 100 runs. Rayudu shook hands with Dhoni as the latter entered the ground and fans gave a standing ovation. After 40.1 overs, Rayudu exited the ground and in walked Dhoni to join Yuvraj Singh, who had by that time completed his half century
A Dhoni fan invaded the playing area to meet him and touched his feet and there was brief interruption to the match. The security officials evicted the fan even as he smiled and waved at “Captain Cool”( pretty sure anyone of us wouldn’t have left this chance ungrabbed). Last Wednesday (January 4), Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited overs captain and Virat Kohli was appointed in his place, on Friday (January 6). Dhoni, will however continue as a player, but ofcourse, the captain’s speech and his decisions after a toss will definitely be missed.
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