Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known for backing his players and supporting them when required. Remember the match against Sri Lanka in their home ground when glass objects were being thrown at the Indian players fielding at boundaries? Dhoni did not wait a minute and took his team out of the field. Only recently, Captain Cool had argued with a foreign umpire about a particular decision in IPL 2016.
BCCI umpire Sudhir Asnani, who has officiated in 10 One-day internationals, 4 T20 Internationals and 23 Indian Premier League games, recently spoke about an incident when Dhoni lost his cool over him after a critical decision did not go in his favour. That one incident which also enlarged Dhoni’s image in his eyes.
Sudhir Asnani, one of those very successful Indian umpires, narrated one incident with Mahendra Singh Dhoni which enlarged Dhoni’s image in his eyes.
During an India- England game at Mohali, Ishant Sharma’s ball hit Kevin Pietersen’s pads. The fielders in the inner circle went up in appeal in unison. “As I turned down the appeal, the fielders slumped on the ground,” he said and added that Dhoni walked up to him and inquired. “I told him that the ball was missing the off-stump,” he said and added that Dhoni shook his head in negative and walked back to his position. “I was really shaken by his disagreement. As nervousness got better of me, I lost track of the happenings in the game,” he further said and added that during the drinks break, fourth umpire Anil Chaudhary came running to the field and told him, “The commentators are praising you. The ball was missing the off-stump.”
This assurance restored Asnani’s confidence. Dhoni overheard the conversation. He walked up to Asnani and patting his back, said, “One plus, Sudhir.” Asnani concluded, “I have never seen a captain do this to an umpire in my life.”
This episode does speak about the greatness of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.