An overenthusiastic fan broke free from the packed crowd to touch his feet while the stands reverberated with his name as Mahendra Singh Dhoni, leading an India team for one last time, conjured up an innings that had ‘MSD’ written all over it on Tuesday.
A fan at the Brabourne Stadium ran on to the field to fall at Dhoni’s feet, and when the skipper told him not to step on the pitch, he obliged by jumping over.
He was escorted out of the playing area by the police and then taken out of the stadium. The overwhelmed man stumbled his way out, constantly turning back to catch a glimpse of his hero.
“No further action was taken,” Cricket Club of India sources said.
Any routine practice match, especially on a working day, may not witness a big crowd, but the one featuring the visiting England team today was a special one.
It was the final time that India’s most successful skipper Dhoni was seen leading the side although it’s an ‘A’ team.
And the crowds too nearly packed the stadium in South Mumbai to witness ‘Captain Cool’ for one last time at the helm.
Since the afternoon, queues were seen at the gates of CCI as a palpable excitement was seen among the crowd. Initially, the East Stand was filled to its capacity, then the crowd thronged the North Stand at the Churchgate station end.
Whoever the batsman at the crease, the crowd was just cheering for Dhoni and was keen to have the glimpse of their favourite leader for the one last time.