Arguably one of the most iconic sportspersons in the country, Mahendra Singh Dhoni enjoys unmatched popularity and love from cricket fans in India. From his impeccable leadership skills, lightning quick glovework to majestic batting, Dhoni, over the years, has managed to carve a niche of his own.
Whether he's on the field or off it, the Jharkhand cricketer is chased by fans who seek their moment of the spotlight in the company of the star cricketer. The 2nd One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia, once again, brought Dhoni's ever-growing fanbase to the fore.
After posting a below-par total of 250 runs, the Indian cricketers were making their way on the field when a pitch invader got his moment of stardom. Breaching the security at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur, the fan made his way towards Dhoni who decided to give him a run for his money.
Resiting the advances of the fan, Dhoni dodged the poor man who was seen wearing a white jersey that had 'Thala' written on the back alongside MSD's jersey no. 7. The former Indian captain hid behind Rohit Sharma for a while before sprinting ahead towards the pitch. After playing 'cat & mouse' with the fan, Dhoni eventually made his day by giving him a warm hug.
I proudly stan this man, MS Dhoni.. pic.twitter.com/rbAoVKfvZF— amrozi (@denissesque) March 5, 2019
Earlier, in the match, India were bowled out for 250 runs following a brilliant 116-run knock by skipper Virat Kohli. The Indian captain brought up his 40th ODI hundred, becoming only the second man after Sachin Tendulkar (49) to achieve the feat. He also became the sixth player to score 9,000 runs in international cricket as captain, leaving Ricky Ponting behind. While Kohli achieved the milestone in 159 innings, Ponting took 203 innings to reach there.
Apart from Kohli, Vijay Shankar proved his batting credentials with a crucial knock of 46 runs. He also stitched an 81-run partnership with Kohli for the fourth wicket. It proved to be a bad day for the likes of Dhoni and Rohit Sharma who both got dismissed on golden ducks during India's innings.