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Former captain of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni once turned down the idea of the entire Men in Blue roster taking a trip because ‘foreigners were not allowed’ to go with them to the specific locations, and his head coach Gary Kirsten was South African. Talking about his glory days as the head of the locker room during the leadership of Dhoni, Kirsten opened up about the wicket-keeper batsman’s humble nature and loyalty. © Reuters “One of the most impressive people I have met, he (Dhoni) is a great leader of people, he’s got incredible presence as a leader, but the most important thing is that he is loyal,” Kirsten said on The RK Show on YouTube. “I’ll never forget, just before the World Cup, we were invited in Bangalore to go to the flight school, to go and kind of have a look at that. Obviously, we had a couple of foreigners in our support staff, and we got word back on the morning before the whole team was meant to go – and everyone was looking forward to the event – that the three South Africans, which were myself, Paddy Upton and Eric Simmons, weren’t going to be allowed into the flight school because it was seen as a potential security risk. © Reuters “So MS cancelled the whole event. He just said, ‘These are my people. If they’re not allowed in, none of us are going’. And that was what he was about,” Kirsten said. “He was very loyal, to me, and I think he saw as well, there were times when we didn’t always win games and we’d have some tough times. We’d spend a lot of time, just one on one together, talking through, taking the team forward. I think we built a strong relationship in the three years we had together,” Kirsten added. © Reuters The Dhoni-Kirsten duo is considered to be one of the most successful, but more importantly, a healthy captain-coach duo in the history of Indian cricket. Not only did the two respect and listen to each others’ opinions with an open mind, they always went to achieve the seemingly daunting task that was ending India’s 28-year-long World Cup drought when the Men in Blue lifted the trophy in 2011, at home. The Indian cricket team’s history, at least in the 21st century, has been tainted with infamously unhealthy captain-coach relationships, be it the one between Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell or Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble. © Reuters For Dhoni and Kirsten to sync so well together is commendable on so many levels, both as professional of the sport and as human beings. View the full article