Bollywood star Ranveer Singh has penned down an emotional and very special message for MS Dhoni after the former India skipper announced his retirement from international cricket.
He retires as India’s most decorated skipper as well as wicketkeeper-batsman. Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, Team India reached unprecedented heights in all the three formats.
Under him, India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. Till date, he remains the only captain to have won all the three ICC tournaments. He also led India to the number one ranking in Tests for the very first time.
As ODI captain, he has won 55 percent of the 200 games he captained the team (110 wins, 74 defeats, 5 tied, 11 NR). In T20Is, MS Dhoni has a 58.33 win percentage with 42 victories in 72 games as captain.
Ranveer Singh’s tribute for MS Dhoni:
Tributes have been flowing in from all the quarters for Dhoni. but one can the one from Ranveer Singh is really, really special. The Bollywood star, who is an avid cricket fan, wrote a lengthy post on Instagram to pay his tribute to the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman.
Ranveer Singh recalled his very first meeting with Dhoni in 2007/08 when he was working as an assistant director. He recalled how humble and down-to-earth Dhoni was. He further revealed he met Dhoni next after doing his first movie and his excitement to meet the cricket legend was the same.
Ranveer Singh also opened up on his fanboy moments with the 39-year old and called him the ‘one of greatest sportsmen to have ever lived”.
“This little gem of a photo is one of my prized possessions. It was taken around the year 2007/08 at ND Studio in Karjat. I was about 22 years old, working as an assistant director. I took up this particular job only because the ad film featured the one & only MS Dhoni. I was overworked and underpaid, but I didn’t care- I just wanted to be in His presence. I was even injured at the time, but I worked through the pain in the hope that as a reward for my sincere efforts, I would be granted a chance to briefly meet MSD and maybe get a photo with him. When I finally met him, I was completely awestruck. He was so humble, so down-to-earth, full of grace and exuded an unmistakable aura of kindness. My love, respect and reverence for him grew even stronger.
“After I did my first movie, Sapna (who was our common hairstylist at the time) called me one day and said ‘hey I know you’re a massive MSD fan, he’s shooting at Mehboob studio, come & meet him if you’d like’. Man-oh-man! I just dropped everything and rushed to the studio to meet him! He was jovial and warm and praised my performance in BBB. We hung out, I had my cap and jersey signed by him, like a true fanboy. That day, I felt like I was walking on the clouds!
“Since then, every time that I have the good fortune of meeting him, I am left energised and enthused, as if a big brother has blessed me with energy and motivation to go out and be the best that I can be. 🙏🏽
“MSD is one of the greatest sportsmen to have ever lived. I’m lucky to have witnessed his playing career in my lifetime. A paragon of excellence. An icon of the sport. My hero forever. 🌟
“Thank you Mahi Bhai for bringing glory to our great nation and filling a billion hearts with pride. 🇮🇳 #MSD the #GOAT 🐐,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni will be seen in action next when the IPL starts next month. The Chennai Super Kings landed in Chennai on Friday and is currently attending a pre-season camp. The team will leave for UAE on August 21. IPL 2020 starts on September 19 while the final is scheduled to take place on November 10.
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