Captain Cool is a term that is synonymous with MS Dhoni. In his 16-year long career international career, the former India skipper was rarely seen losing his cool or letting the emotions get the better of him on a cricket field. No matter what the situation was, MS Dhoni rarely lost his cool or showed any sort of emotion.
However, former India pacer RP Singh, who is also one of MS Dhoni’s closest friends, has revealed that he has seen his ex-teammate lose his cool many times. Singh recently recalled one such incident when the former India captain made sure Suresh Raina listened to him.
The incident took place when India were playing in Sri Lanka and Raina was coming too forward while fielding at cover. MS Dhoni was not impressed with it and asked Raina to stay behind. And when Raina missed a ball, he had to hear a earful from his former captain.
“We were in Sri Lanka and Raina was coming too forward at cover while fielding and Dhoni was warning him not to come too close,” Singh told cricket.com.
“Few deliveries later, Raina missed a ball and then MS firmly told him to go back as he was instructing. He could be terse and firm when he wanted. Although he was never vocal or scream but he too used to get angry,” he added.
First impression of MS Dhoni:
RP Singh and MS Dhoni made their international debuts almost at the same time. The former left-arm pacer then went on to play under the wicketkeeper-batsman’s captaincy right till the end of his career. Recalling his very first impression of MS Dhoni, Singh revealed that even though they met during a domestic cricket match, he was aware of his former captain since he had already started making heads turn.
“First time we met was in domestic cricket in the Deodhar trophy. He had come since he wasn’t part of the playing XI for East Zone. Then, we met in a camp in Bangalore. But I was aware of him because in UP and Bihar there used to be so many unofficial tournaments and he was already a big name when we met in Gwalior for the first time,” Singh said.
“He is a very reserved person and is happy with a limited circle of people. He has always loved the quarantine time. It hardly affects him because he would always stay indoors, stay in his own world, play video games etc. He has always been an introvert. He does not believe in having too many friends,” he added.
The legendary wicketkeeper-batsman brought down curtains on his illustrious career on August 15. He will be seen in action next month when he leads Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020.