WATCH: MS Dhoni makes way for Rohit Sharma to leave the field first in wonderful gesture, one that was lauded by fans all over
One of the things Indian captain Virat Kohli had stressed upon as being a colossal element in India’s rampant success over the past year was the strong bond holding the team together. He was quick to point out in his conference before India’s CWC opener, the extreme bonhomie the players and team management have with each, epitomising how it allows all the players to understand and complement each other on the field.
And over the course of the couple of years, MS Dhoni has emerged as one of the pivotal figures in ensuring the team’s bond is as strong as ever. On Thursday he showed why he’s so revered, respected and loved in the Indian team with a gesture that spoke volumes about the kind of man he is.
Walking back to the pavilion after restricting South Africa to a paltry 227-9 from their 50 overs, Indian captain Virat Kohli stepped back to allow the most experience player of the side to lead the team back. MS Dhoni who was leading the entire Indian team out of the field at the end of the first innings, stepped back in his stride to allow opener Rohit Sharma to head back before him into the Indian changing rooms.
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) June 6, 2019
The gesture which surfaced on Twitter has seen Dhoni not only once again win plaudits for the understanding he has with his teammates but the immense understanding of the game he possesses in his artillery. It was a move he partook in to allow the opener to get the much needed extra minutes to change with him needing to step out and open a few minutes later.
And the gesture looked to have paid off immensely for the Indian side proceeding the incident with Rohit going onto score a match winning 122 to singlehandedly win the match for the Asian giants. It was a pefromance which not only steadied the ship after Dhawan and Kohli had walked back cheaply but also saw past a period of treacherous pace bowling by Rabada and Morris.
MS Dhoni was also spotted sporting the regimental dagger on his gloves, an insigne of the Indian Para Special Forces. It once again reaffirmed his and the Indian side’s strong reverence towards the Indian army with the symbol of the Balidan Badge being spotted by several spectators.