MS Dhoni has been in news recently for the wrong reasons. He has been found to have crossed his boundary as skipper in IPL 2019 during the clash against Rajasthan Royals and has been 50 percent of his match fee. It is said to be ‘uncool’ act from ‘Captain Cool’. Criciwzz goes down memory lane to bring out the 5 rare occasions when the ‘Captain Cool’ or MS Dhoni has lost his cool.
MS Dhoni refuses single to Ambati Rayudu in chase
England had put up 180/7 runs on the board in the lone T20I against India in Birmingham in 2014. India responded well with Virat Kohli hitting 41-ball 66. When Kohli departed, India needed 50 runs off 34 balls with seven wickets in hand. Dhoni joined Ajinkya Rahane in the middle. The equation boiled down to 28 off 14 balls. Dhoni’s tactics to keep the big shots for the end proved disastrous.
Besides, he did not show much faith on his batting partner Ambati Rayudu, as he refused three singles off the last seven balls as he looked for big shots for a win. The ploy backfired as India lost the match by 5 runs. It was an ‘uncool’ act from Captain Cool.
MS Dhoni retorts to scribe on retirement query
After India won a thriller against Bangladesh in 2016 World T20 by a run, Dhoni was asked whether India would have expected a better margin of victory to achieve better run-rate to advance into the next round.
Dhoni retorted to the scribe, saying the reporter does not seem pleased with the India’s win.
Later in the press conference, Dhoni adopted a rare approach to answer query on his retirement. He invited a foreign journalist to sit beside him. He then asked the scribe a few questions to answer the latter’s query on his retirement.
Although Dhoni did it smartly, it was an approach that no other captain would dare try again, not even the Captain Cool.
Quarrel with an umpire on a dismissal
In an ODI against Australia in 2016, MS Dhoni had stumped Michael Hussey but the dismissal was referred to the third umpire.
After watching the replays for long, third umpire ruled it ‘Out’. Hussey started walking back to the pavilion. But then umpire Billy Bowden called him back and Dhoni was not pleased.
It turned out that the third umpire had by mistake pressed the wrong button when he wanted to press ‘Not Out’ option.
Bowden tried to explain this matter to Dhoni who was not at all happy with the turn of the events. He was seen angrily gesturing at Bowden, implying he was not at all happy with the unprofessional approach from the umpires.
Although Dhoni escaped any sanction, it turned out to be a rare occasion when Captain Cool lost his cool.
MS Dhoni fights with the umpires in IPL 2019
MS Dhoni was unlike ‘Captain Cool’ in the clash against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019. He had a rare outburst in the clash, storming into the field to confront the umpires. An above-waist delivery from Ben Stokes was ruled not a no-ball after initially, the pitch umpire had declared it a no-ball.
Dhoni expressed his displeasure from the boundary line and walked into the middle to confront the umpires.
He repeatedly gestured at the umpire who signalled the no-ball. It was unlike Captain Cool to walk into the field to question an umpire’s decision.
Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fee.
Team India divided under MS Dhoni
A captain’s job is to keep the team united and not let the team’s secrets out. However, Dhoni failed in this respect in a difficult tour of Australia Down Under in 2012. Dhoni had adopted a rare policy of rotating the seniors, stating old legs were costing a few valuable runs on the field ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
He even rested Virender Sehwag for the same reasons. And the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ was not pleased. He even questioned Dhoni’s policy of resting seniors after taking a brilliant diving catch in the same series.
Dhoni-Sehwag’s relationship was never the same. Sehwag never mentioned Dhoni’s name in his list of captains while expressing gratitude in his farewell speech.
Captain Cool was not cool in this aspect of captaincy.