MS Dhoni is trending on social media for taking a power nap when play was stopped due to unruly crowd behaviour in the third ODI against Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma cracked a brilliant ton, but Dhoni overshadowed the opener’s heroics with his down-to-earth behaviour on the cricket field even as hundred cameras panned on him napping.
Any other cricketer would have thought twice before doing something similar, but Dhoni couldn’t care less about it. Being ‘The Dhoni’, the former skipper took his reputation few notches higher for being the most down-to-earth cricketer. Have a look at the other instances where he has endeared himself to fans.
You can hardly spot Dhoni lifting the trophy after winning a tournament: Dhoni prefers to remain in the background and takes it so literally to heart that he is hardly seen in the frame holding a trophy post a win in a tournament. He will keep himself in a corner while his teammates rejoice the win and take turns to hold the trophy.
Dhoni obliges a fan chasing him for a selfie: A fan chased down Dhoni’s hummer to the airport before she screamed to get his attention. Dhoni stopped the vehicle to oblige the fan’s request for a selfie.
Dhoni helps out an opponent who was literally bashing up Indian bowling attack: During the fifth ODI against South Africa at Mumbai in 2015, Faf du Plessis was going hammer and tongs despite suffering cramps. Dhoni did not hesitate to throw away his gloves to help out his former Chennai Super Kings teammate.
Dhoni takes a train ride with his Jharkhand teammate: The Dhoni was still the same down-to-earth person even after relinquishing his captaincy. He did not carry any airs and chose to share a team ride with his Jharkhand teammates for the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The fans were in awe of Dhoni who posted a selfie of himself on the train.
Dhoni obliges a fan for autograph while in the middle: During the Vijay Hazare Trophy match between Jharkhand and Vidarbha, an overzealous fan broke the security cordon and ran onto the field to take an autograph from Dhoni. The former Indian skipper not only obliged the fan, but also helped Jharkhand to victory and into the semis by hitting the winning six.
Dhoni prefers hair cut at his house: With loads of money, Dhoni could go for the most expensive salon. But the down-to-earth Dhoni chose to prefer getting a hair-cut from a local barber from the comfort of his house. Old habits die hard.
Dhoni polishes off marble at his house: Dhoni has uploaded a pic on his Instagram account where he is spotted polishing off the marble on the wall. He captioned it with, “Tried my hands at polishing marbles only to find out it’s quite tough, something’s should be left to professionals.” You can read the full story here
MS Dhoni invites journalist to answer the latter’s question: Who can forget Dhoni’s epic response to a journalist’s question on his retirement. Dhoni invited the journalist to sit beside him. Dhoni then asked the journalist a few questions to answer query on his retirement. It was a cool and down-to-earth response to a journalist. You can read the full story here.
Dhoni makes faces with his daughter: Recently, Dhoni posted a few pictures of him with his daughter on his instagram account. He also shared a video where Dhoni is seen making faces with his daughter on the request of his wife, Sakshi, who too uploaded the video on her instagram account. The father-daughter duo made a cute video as Sakshi asks them to make a ‘monkey face’. Sakshi remarks in the end, “Both of you are monkeys”.
Dhoni takes tea-stall owner for a fancy dinner: During his junior TT days at Kharagpur Railway Station, Dhoni used to visit a local tea stall for his favourite cup of beverage. When Dhoni was in Kolkata recently, the tea-stall owner named Thomas paid a visit to him. Dhoni recognised him and took him out for a fancy dinner. Thomas named his tea stall as Dhoni tea stall.