MS Dhoni is one of the most popular cricketers that Indian cricket has ever seen. The Ranchi man was a crowd favourite right from the moment he made his debut for India.
The long hair, rippling muscles and a six hitting ability gave Mahi a rustic appeal that reminded people of Indian cricket’s last small town hero, Kapil Dev.
Dhoni’s popularity soared as he became the most successful captain of all time. The boy from Ranchi had now morphed into a cricketing mega star, as the world gave him the sort of adulation that he could never have even dreamed of in his youth.
Surprisingly, things have gone up another notch ever since he gave up the captaincy of India. Maybe it was the fact that Dhoni may not play for much longer. Maybe it was the constant criticism that the pundits gave Dhoni over the last few years. Or maybe it was a combination of both.
But the crowds have showered even more love towards the former skipper, as Dhoni gets a standing ovation every time he comes out to bat. While Virat Kohli is the biggest star in Indian cricket right now, Dhoni might just be the most loved cricketer in the country today.
Watch the video to see another example of the love Dhoni gets from everyone.