Video: MS Dhoni prevents the Indian flag from touching the ground

Video: MS Dhoni prevents the Indian flag from touching the ground

The third T20I between India and New Zealand at Hamilton witnessed three incident of invaders entering the ground to greet MS Dhoni.

MS Dhoni featured in his 300th T20 match. (AP Photo)

After winning hearts several times both on and off the field, former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday once again proved his love for the nation. This was after a fan invaded the pitch to meet the 37-year-old during the third and final T20I against New Zealand. The intruder ran towards Dhoni to touch his feet but with an Indian flag in his hands. Just as he came close to Dhoni, he bent down to touch his feet while inadvertently brushing the flag on the ground. On realising this, Dhoni quickly grabbed the tri-colour from the supporter.

The incident took place during the New Zealand innings, who after being invited to bat posted 212 runs on the board. In response, India got off to a poor start but the Men In Blue made sure that they remain in the contest until the final over.

India eventually lost the match by four runs, but the efforts by the Indian squad earned an applause from everyone.

Dhoni, who was playing in his 300th T20 match, couldn’t do much as he was dismissed on 2. He has played in 96 T20 Internationals, scoring 1548 runs at an average of 36.85. Dhoni also has 56 catches and 34 stumpings to his name.