If cricket is a gentleman's game, then MS Dhoni is that gentleman. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a name associated with glories, accolades, selflessness and uncountable tales of wisdom.
From a young colt with long hair who was famed for his destructive stroke-play, to a formidable leader who transitioned Team India, ushering in a sense of tranquility; the journey of MS Dhoni has been one to cherish for the ages.
While Dhoni always stressed on 'winning big', he also stressed on 'winning fair'. He never adopted any unscrupulous means to edge over his opponents, and always played the game in its true spirit and integrity.
Hailed as 'Captain Cool', he always ushered a sense of tranquility on the field, and maintains his trademark smile on the face even after a loss. It is his sportsmanship, that Dhoni is one of the most loved cricketers globally.
Let's go through some of these incidents when MS Dhoni proved that he is the true gentleman of cricket:.
#7 Overruling the Wide delivery in a crunch chase
CSK and SRH met each other in a crucial encounter at the Chepauk in the 2013 season of the Indian Premier League. The teams were midway through the tournament, and both the teams had 10 points each in their kitty.
Chennai were required to chase 160 for victory, and while things started off well, a middle order collapse led Dhoni at the centre of another crunch chase. The skipper kept his calm and took the game till the last over, where 15 runs were needed.
A wide, followed by a dot and a huge six left CSK with 8 to get in 4. At this moment, Dhoni edged the ball for a boundary down the leg side, which was signaled wide by the umpire, bringing the equation to 3 off 4.
While anybody would have favorably accepted the situation, MSD pointed at his bat, indicating he had hit the ball and it was not wide. This was an act of great integrity, in the midst of a crisis. Like he most often does, Dhoni finished the game with a boundary and took his team across the line with two balls to spare.