Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 16
After former Indian cricket workforce skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni introduced his retirement yesterday, the native cricketing fraternity went down reminiscence lane and recalled just a few moments with the “captain cool”.
Only just a few are conscious that Dhoni performed a Ranji Trophy match on the Sector 16 stadium. He was representing Jharkhand in opposition to hosts Haryana in 2005. The Jharkhand lad caught the eyes of many by scoring 109 off 75 balls. His innings included 13 boundaries and 6 sixes.
Two gamers, together with Joginder Sharma, fell prey to his stumping. The match resulted in a draw, however a effective efficiency by Dhoni helped him bag a TV set because the Man of the Match award.
“Dhoni outshone all in this match. Jharkhand was bundled out for 308 in reply to Haryana’s first innings total of 453. He came four down, when the team was struggling at 53/4. This was for the first time that the local fraternity saw him playing. Later, everyone went to meet him at a hotel in Sector 35,” stated Surinder Singh ‘Baijee’, former normal secretary of the Haryana Cricket Association.
PMS Banga, member government of the Punjab Cricket Association, who was the native supervisor of the Indian cricket workforce for years, additionally remembers Dhoni because the calmest cricketer within the Indian historical past.
Dhoni’s fan will get emotional
Dhoni’s retirement has made his die-hard fan Ram Babu emotional, unhappy and completely satisfied all on the identical time.
“Emotional because when you follow a player for 15 years, there is a certain attachment with him and sad because we will not be able to see him playing international cricket again. I feel happy because he achieved so much for Indian cricket,” stated Babu.
“He is the only captain to win all main ICC trophies and what else a fan can expect from a player,” stated Babu, a Phase V resident.
He made his identification bare-chested with ‘Dhoni 7’ (jersey quantity) written on the entrance and Tricolour painted on the again. Last Diwali, Babu met Dhoni at his hometown in Ranchi in the course of the third match of the India-South Africa take a look at sequence.
(By Gaurav Kanthwal)