If there is one trait in Mahendra Singh Dhoni which has made him really popular apart from his cricketing abilities, it has to be his ability to remain calm and composed irrespective of the situation. India’s most successful skipper has made a name for himself for being one of the coolest players in the game. In fact, he is fondly called the Captain Cool in the cricketing circles. However, when the 35-year old Dons the wicketkeeping gloves, his calm demeanour and the knack to remain silent takes the back seat.
The fans have witnessed the World Cup-winning skipper consistently chirping from behind the stump on an umpteenth number of occasions. But what makes those chirping memorable are his witty and funny remarks. Time and again, we have seen Dhoni coming up with the most hilarious of comments from behind the stumps and the former India skipper was looking in his elements during the third One-Day International against West Indies on Friday (June 30) at Antigua.
Dhoni has had a good outing with the bat as he roared back to form with a responsible knock of 78 to pull India out of trouble for one more time. He came to the crease when India were reeling at 100 for 3 with in-form batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli back in the pavilion. But Dhoni played a sensible knock to not only bail India out of a tight spot but also guided them to a respectable total of 251 for 4.
The right-handed batsman had played his part as a batsman and looked pumped up when he came out for his wicketkeeping duties and the comments that he passed totally proved that he was enjoying the day.
So here are the three funny comments from the star wicketkeeper that were caught by the stump mic.
1) When Ashwin was too busy appealing, he missed an easy run-out chance: “Ball dekho, Ash. Kahan dhyaan hai? (Look at the ball, Ashwin. Where are you lost?)”
2) When Kuldeep Yadav was bowling short assuming Rovman Powell will step out: “Yeh (Rovman Powell) aage nahin badega. Andar se hi marega. (He will not step out. He will look to hit big from behind the crease.”
3) When Virat Kohli wanted to use DRS but Dhoni knew it was missing: “Leg stump ke bahar jar rahi hai. Review kaharab ho jayega aur kuch nahin. (It is missing leg stump. We will waste one review and nothing else.)”