Recently, an interesting anecdote related to MS Dhoni caught the attention of the cricket fans after an unknown individual revealed about a situation which took place during a party which saw the entire Indian team laugh at MS Dhoni. Well, it wasn’t any embarrassing scene but Dhoni’s never seen before carefree style in a posh event gave everyone a memorable incident to remember.
The individual reveals that the incident took place at the Cricket Club of India way back in 2006. The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) organised a felicitation ceremony to celebrate two great milestones achieved by two greats of India – Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. While Kumble had breached past the 400 wicket mark in Test cricket, his state mate Rahul Dravid, at the same time, had completed 100 Tests in his career. The event was special and the entire team along with all the bigwigs of Indian cricket got together in Mumbai to celebrate the occasion.
MS Dhoni, who was just another young star at that time, left everyone in splits by one of the antics. The individual, who shared this story, was a Hotel Management student assigned to the event at the time recalled the event.
”So, the stadium is all decked up and people are supposed to arrive soon. Suddenly, there is a rush and in comes Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff. All the girls start following him. (I overhear a girl saying ‘I wish I could marry him!!)
“We guys are waiting for the Indian team (of course).With a lot of fanfare enter the greats – Dravid, Sachin, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Bhajji etc. They occupy the front seats on the tables. Following them are the youngsters like Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Munaf along with the man with long locks, MS Dhoni!”
“Now, the young bunch is well behaved as all the stalwarts of Indian cricket are around, as are many celebrities. MSD takes a seat with the youngsters. They are joking amongst themselves. Now, the starters are being circulated in the usual shaadi style with toothpicks. Everybody is very formally, picking one and eating it in a snobbish way. All of a sudden, I hear someone shouting.”
MS Dhoni: Arey Bhai, idhar aana zara. (Hey bro, please come here.)
Waiter: Yes Sir?
MS Dhoni: Kya hai ye? (What is this ? )
Waiter: Sir, Hara Bhara Kebab.
“MSD takes all the kebabs (around 15) on a plate, takes the big chutney bowl and then says, Aur lekar aana yaar zara. Itni bhook lagi hai aur tum yeh itna sa lekar aa rahe ho. Isse zyada lana abhi. (I am very hungry brother, why you coming with so less quantity? Don’t come up with less kababs, bring more now.) He starts eating like one eats in their drawing room. The whole table bursts into laughter. MSD gives a smile and concentrates on his kebabs.”
“As a hospitality graduate, I have seen a fair share of small towners getting nervy and artificial in 5-star surroundings. MSD’s coolness and ‘I don’t give a damn’ attitude was indeed very amusing and endearing to me.”
MS Dhoni normally appears as a calm personality who seldom gets involved in an insensible act, whether on the field or away from it. However, at the same time, his love food is also pretty well known to everyone. He is a self-recognised foodie whose twitter bio reads ‘Perennially hungry for ‘Chicken Butter Masala .’ So, it was no surprise here that MS Dhoni began to drool like a 5-year-old after realising kebabs were around the corner.