MS Dhoni’s last match as a captain had a huge crowd come up in Brabourne stadium to support Dhoni and it’s strange to find such huge crowd at a routine warm-up match before an ODI, particularly when it’s on a working day. Yet, the one highlighting the meeting England at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai was extraordinary.
It was the ‘last time’ that India’s best captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was to be seen leading the men in blue, in spite of the fact that it’s an “A” group. The group almost stuffed the Brabourne Stadium in South Mumbai to witness ‘Captain Cool’, for perhaps his last time in charge.
The Ranchi superstar and captain of the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup winning Captain was leading the India A side in the first of two warm-up matches to be played by the tourists. Dhoni made his fans wait, as Ambati Rayudu Hit his way to a century alongside Yuvraj Singh. And then in the 42nd over, out walked MS Dhoni to a thunderous Way and crowd goes crazy.
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After playing a few dot balls, the Dhoni magic began. He began carting the bowlers around the ground on his way to an unbeaten 68 in 40 balls. In the middle of the innings, one fan got overzealous and this happened.
Whoever the batsman at the crease, the crowd was just cheering for Dhoni and was keen to have the glimpse of their favorite leader for the one last time.
Entry was free for this particular match and since afternoon, there were queues at the gates of the CCI. Initially, only the East Stand was filled to capacity, then the crowds gradually filled the North and West stands as well. As the first wicket of Mandeep Singh fell, the crowds cheered “Dhoni-Dhoni” as they expected MSD to Come himself, but to their much disappointment Ambati Rayadu walked in.