Former India batsman VVS Laxman recalled instances from MS Dhoni’s career, highlighting that ‘everything was normal’ for the World Cup-winner off the field. Laxman said Dhoni always wanted to have fun when he was not hitting those big sixes or working on tactics from behind the stumps.
VVS Laxman, speaking on Star Sports’ ‘Cricket Connected’ show after He called it quits from international cricket, revealed he had joked about wanting to retire from Test cricket right after his maiden Test century in Faisalabad in 2006.
“I still remember him coming back into the dressing room and loudly saying ‘I am going to announce my retirement – MS Dhoni, mai hundred maara Test cricket mein, bas yaar [I, MS Dhoni, have hit a century in Test cricket that’s it!]. I don’t want anything more from Test cricket!’
“And we were shocked and surprised to hear that. But that’s what MS Dhoni always was,” Laxman said.
He made his Test debut in 2005, a year after he won his limited-overs cap for India. Dhoni hit a fifty and a couple of 30-plus scores in his maiden Test series at home against Sri Lanka.
Dhoni got his first Test hundred on india’s tour of Pakistan in 2006. He smashed 148 from just 153 balls, hitting 16 boundaries and 4 sixes to help India post 603 on the board.
Dhoni retired from Tests as early as 2014 midway during a tour of Australia. Dhoni carried on to play limited-overs cricket. While his international retirement came last week, He last played for India at the 2019 World Cup.
When Dhoni drove the team bus in Nagpur
Meanwhile, VVS Laxman also highlighted the fun-loving side of Dhoni, saying the Ranchi hero drove India’s team bus from the hotel to stadium during a Test match against Australia in Nagpur.
“The second time was in a Test match against Australia in Nagpur,” Laxman said.
“He was the captain of the Indian team because Anil [Kumble] announced his retirement two matches before in Delhi. And Dhoni asked the team bus driver to just go and sit behind, and he drove the team bus from the ground to the hotel in Nagpur, and we were all awestruck. The captain of the Indian team, driving the team bus!
“That’s how he used to enjoy his life. For him, being a cricketer was doing everything on the cricket field, but outside the field, everything was normal.”