Mahendra Singh Dhoni has dedicated some precious years of his life to the service of Nation. The former skipper of Indian National Cricket team once again proved his love for Nation with a moving gesture when one of his fans trespassed to the ground during the third and final T20 match between India and New Zealand at Hamilton
The Incident took place when the New Zealanders were batting. A jubilant fan of Dhoni breached the security and broke into the ground with a tricolour in his right hand. The fan came running towards Dhoni and bowed down to touch his feet.
During this process, the Indian flag brushed the ground. Seeing this Dhoni grabbed the flag quickly from the fan. This moving gesture of MSD towards the Indian flag promptly caught the attention of the netizens and commentators. The Twitterati also hailed the former skipper for his eternal love for the nation.
The New Zealand side ended up with 212 runs on the board. It was a gritty effort by the Indian boys but fell short by four runs in a thrilling last over finish.
Dhoni was quick behind the stumps and took only 0.099 sec to stump NZ Opener Tim Seifert. This stumping was Dhoni’s 191st in the International Cricket. However, he failed to impress with his batting as he scored just two runs in the game.
This game was also Dhoni’s 300th T20, and he became the first Indian Cricketer to achieve the feat. Out of his 300 T20 matches, he has played 96 International and 199 IPL games. Dhoni is the 13th Player overall to accomplish this feat with Kirron Pollard leading the count with 446 T20 matches.
In his 96 T20 Internationals, Dhoni has scored 1548 runs with an average of 36.85. Known for his fantastic wicketkeeping skills, he has managed to get 56 catches and 34 stumpings.
However, he is much more than just his stats. The way Dhoni handled the situation and didn’t let the Tricolor brushed to the ground shows the kind of a man human he is and how much he loves his nation. This incident reminded us of his humility and love for the country and gave us one more reason to admire him more.