Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the coolest cricketers around. Despite being a serious character – he knows how to have fun here and there on the field and off it as well.
Now former Indian player VVS Laxman, while promoting his lifestyle has revealed that MS Dhoni once drove the team bus. It was Laxman’s 100th Test and India was playing Australia, in Nagpur. The whole team was in for a surprise as skipper Dhoni took to the wheel of the team bus and drove them back to the hotel.
Co-incidentally, this was the same match when the legendary Anil Kumble had announced his retirement.
“One of my abiding memories is of MS (Dhoni) driving the team bus to the hotel in Nagpur, during my 100th Test. I couldn’t believe my eyes — the captain of the team driving us back from the ground! It was his first Test in charge after Anil’s (Kumble) retirement, and he didn’t seem to have a care in the world. But he was like that, playful and grounded. MS never lost the joy, the playfulness. I have never met anyone quite like him,” Laxman wrote in his autobiography ‘281 and Beyond.’
Laxman, in his book also speaks about the calm nature of Dhoni and goes back to the torrid tour of England in 2011.
“MS Dhoni’s calmness and equanimity are legendary. He had seen nothing but success until the tour of England in 2011. We had lost 4–0 in England and had already lost the first three Tests in Australia by the end of that year, and were heading for another whitewash. I was a mess, as were most of the guys, but MS was unbelievably composed. Not once did he lash out, and at no stage did he give the impression that he was frustrated or helpless,” Laxman wrote.
“I prided myself on being level-headed, but MS took it to another level when he said, ‘Lachi bhai, what is the point of feeling dejected and depressed? All it will do is harm your performance even more,” he added, giving an insight of how Dhoni would handle the most pressure situations with ease.