MS Dhoni: ‘Vintage Wine’ at 39, intriguing as ever


New Delhi, July 7

Mahendra Singh Dhoni appears to be current in all places however is to be discovered nowhere.

As one in all trendy India’s most liked cricketer turns 39, tributes flowed on social media. Glowing eulogies had been written however intriguingly but inevitably, the previous India captain remained removed from the madding crowd.

Indian captains from Tiger Pataudi to Virat Kohli have been characters in their very own proper however nobody is kind of like Dhoni. The extra one tries to decode the person, the mystique grows, leaving everybody as befuddled as these batsmen who noticed him whip off the bails in a flash.

For the previous 16 years, he has been a nationwide obsession. Now, the dialogue has shifted to will he, will not he or maybe when will he drop the dreaded ‘R’ phrase through the COVID-induced break.

His die-hard followers hate these sort of discussions and the detractors proceed with a smirk. They each argue figuring out there is not any closure and the person on the centre of all of it goes on as if by no means bothered.

Often, spouse Sakshi permits followers to get a sneak peek into his non-public life through which he may be seen taking daughter Ziva for a motorcycle trip round his sprawling farm home or petting his canine. But to anybody on the lookout for a peek into his thoughts, Dhoni stays out of bounds.

The white beard bothers the world however he sports activities it with that trademark mischievous grin.

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No marvel the final sentence of Mohammed Kaif’s birthday want drawing a programming error analogy was a killer on Twitter.

“The next MSD? Error 404 Next MSD will never be found,” Kaif tweeted what thousands and thousands imagine.

Even with out assembly, individuals love him obsessively, so it is hardly a shock to see that from a famous person like Virender Sehwag to a fringe participant like Kedar Jadhav the love and respect is heartfelt.

“Once in a generation, a player comes and a nation connects with him, think of him as a member of their family, kuch bahut apna sa lagta hai,” Sehwag wrote on his twitter web page.

An emotional Jadhav recollected how he determined to catch greater than 20 winks throughout a global flight solely to get up and be overwhelmed to search out that the ‘Man’ was ready to have dinner collectively.

Or for that matter Indian cricket’s enfant horrible Hardik Pandya.

“…..My friend who has taught me to be a better human being and stood by me in bad times,” wrote Pandya.

His followers love him however these are individuals who respect him and that goes past the realms of 22-yards.

Not due to the final over he gave to Joginder Sharma or the helicopter shot that received India the 2011 World Cup or the 148 towards Shoaib Akhtar at Faisalabad or 224 on a sluggish turner towards Australia. Not these. They love him for the sort of character he’s – rock-solid, reliable, and fiercely loyal.

Just like Michael Jordan, one can anticipate that there shall be one ‘Last Dance’ at the very least in Chennai Super Kings’ Canary Yellow when the IPL occurs.

He will once more stride purposefully to the crease, attempt to take the sport to the wire, choose up that weak uncapped Indian bowler and provides him a crash course on “how to handle pressure for dummies”.

Be relaxation assured, there shall be a few cameos if no more. An 18-ball-30 or a 24-ball-40, could also be!

The ‘thoughts reader’ in all will once more rear its ugly head? Does that imply KL Rahul will open and Rishabh Pant shall be carrying drinks? May be Dhoni will once more have that wry smile.

Everyone will hold speculating and he’ll carry on smiling on the juvenile but wholesome obsession. It’s time to lift the toast for the ‘Birthday Boy’. Happy Birthday MS Dhoni. PTI



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