MS Dhoni has a massive fan following across the globe and it has become clear once again with the warm reception he has been receiving in New Zealand. The current visit could be Dhoni’s last to New Zealand as a player and the fans are making sure to make his stay memorable. On Sunday, however, a fan went the extra mile and risked landing in trouble to get a glimpse of the wicket-keeper batsman in person. The fan breached the security and interrupted the third T20I between India and New Zealand in Hamilton.
The incident happened when a fan ran straight to Dhoni, who was keeping the stumps. Armed with an Indian flag, the delighted fan went down on his knees, then touched his beloved cricketer’s feet. However, before greeting the fan, Dhoni hurriedly took the tricolour from his hand to make sure the national flag is not disrespected.
Here is a clip showing the incident:
The fans were mighty impressed with Dhoni’s gesture and took to Twitter to laud him. Here are some of the reactions.
— #Bharat #SalmanKhan ♥️ #Dhoni (@SudhanshuSK14) February 10, 2019
India, meanwhile, lost the game by 4 runs to lose the three-match series 2-1. Asked to bat first, New Zealand piled up a mammoth 212 for 4 in the stipulated 20 overs. Colin Munro top-scored for the home side, blasting 72 off just 40 deliveries. For India, Kuldeep Yadav was the most successful bowler, picking up 2 for 26 off his four overs. Apart from him, none of the other Indian bowler could manage to concede less than 30. Krunal Pandya was the costliest bowler as he gave away 54 runs off his four overs.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 10, 2019
In reply, India came up with a good fight but eventually ended on 208 f0r 6. The visitors lost wickets at crucial junctures which hurt their cause in the chase. The likes of Vijay Shankar (43), Hardik Pandya (21) and Rishabh Pant (28) got the starts but failed to convert them. In the end, Krunal Pandya and Dinesh Karthik revived India’s hopes but could not score the required 16 runs off the final over bowled by Tim Southee.