MS Dhoni is known as Captain Cool for a reason, and not that the 36-year-old needs to prove it, but then what else would you call a power nap in the middle of the field as upset Sri Lankan fans threw bottles? This rather bizarre incident happened during the third One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Balagolla, in Kandy.
India was cruising through towards a comfortable series-win when the crowds misdemeanour led to a stoppage of play for nearly half an hour. Bottles were thrown on the field by angry Sri Lankan fans, who were seemingly incensed seeing yet another the lackluster performance by the home team. Making maximum use of this time, Dhoni decided to recharge himself by taking a short nap on the field. Photos and videos of Dhoni napping mid-field is now possibly making more news than the match win itself, and quite obviously has tickled the funnybone of our ever-creative Netizens.
Here’s a video, with the commentators having a ball discussing Captain Cool’s sudden shut-eye.
— Rohan Zemse (@rohanzemse) August 27, 2017
Tweeple started sharing photos a sleeping Dhoni (though, that is usually Virender Sehwag’s territory) along with some hilarious captions. Sample these.
Me in the morning: Bass 5 minute aur.. pic.twitter.com/E0N4fNSryX
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) August 27, 2017
— MS Dhoni Forever ?? (@msdhoni_forever) August 27, 2017
Me during the twitter fight pic.twitter.com/uAPIWC9qaF
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) August 27, 2017
— Aman Singh Fcw (@amansinghfcw) August 27, 2017
Sunil Gavaskar: MSD is an Ice cube. He is a fridge. ??
— Captains (@dhonikohli_fc) August 27, 2017
— Nitin Arora (@aroranitin15) August 27, 2017
Rohit : Bhai Crowd has gone mad, they are throwing stones and bottles in the ground. Kya karein?
— Chandramukhi??Stark (@FlawedSenorita) August 27, 2017
— PhD in Bakchodi ! (@Atheist_Krishna) August 27, 2017
When you’ve been successfully carrying the international team for 13 years and people still ask for your retirement : pic.twitter.com/z4VCYyTyEJ
— Manya (@CSKian716) August 27, 2017
— Abhishek waghmare (@Abhi_assassins) August 28, 2017
— Juhi Jajodia (@JUHIJAJODIA) August 27, 2017
— Tarun Sagar (@TarunSagar109) August 27, 2017
— Shivanand Shinde (@Shivanand_47) August 27, 2017
Down to earth and still so high.
THY NAME MS DHONI?? pic.twitter.com/NT2qgqEHE4
— Trust me. (@iam_nobodyy) August 27, 2017
— AB (@arindambhattac9) August 27, 2017
Fifteen minutes after the disruption started, India came out to bat and chased down the runs. While Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten on 124, MS Dhoni was not out on 67.
After the match, Indian skipper Virat Kohli praised his side for securing the series with an emphatic win. Praising Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah for their match-winning performance, he said,”Rohit was outstanding, MS was great as well. Bumrah has got 11 wickets in three games, he’s bowled really well. Last game he missed out on a five-for, but he got it this time. He’s among our top short-format bowlers. He’s doing a great job for us, and I wish him all the best.”