VVS Laxman Recalls A Moment When MS Dhoni Drove Team Bus In 2008

Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman recalls memories shared with former Indian captain MS Dhoni, who used to be cool and showed patience and calmness to make tough decisions earning the nickname ‘captain cool’. He was cool outside the field too as Laxman recalled two weird moments from MS Dhoni’s career which he witnessed in the latest episode of Star Sports’ Cricket Connected chat show. MS Dhoni captained Indian team from 2007 to 2016 in white-ball limited-overs and from 2008 to 2014 in tests. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup besides winning the 2011 50 overs

VVS Laxman Recalls A Moment When MS Dhoni Drove Team Bus In 2008

Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman recalls memories shared with former Indian captain MS Dhoni, who used to be cool and showed patience and calmness to make tough decisions earning the nickname ‘captain cool’. He was cool outside the field too as Laxman recalled from MS Dhoni’s career which he witnessed in the latest episode of Star Sports’ Cricket Connected chat show.

MS Dhoni captained Indian team from 2007 to 2016 in white-ball limited-overs and from 2008 to 2014 in tests. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup besides winning the 2011 50 overs World Cup. India also won 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups and 2013 Champions Trophy.

MS Dhoni has scored 10,773  runs in 350 ODIs at a staggering average of 50.53 and is an effective finisher in white-ball cricket besides being one of the best captain and wicket-keeper. He is the only captain in history to lift all the three ICC trophies.

MS Dhoni and VVS Laxman
MS Dhoni and VVS Laxman. (Photo by Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

VVS Laxman Recalls When MS Dhoni Loudly Announced He Was About To Retire From Tests After Scoring Maiden Ton

VVS Laxman recalls the 2006 Test against Pakistan in Faisalabad in which MS Dhoni scored his maiden test ton after which Dhoni jokingly told teammates that he was going to retire from tests. MS Dhoni said that he did not want anything more from Test cricket after scoring the century which left his teammates shocked.

“I still remember him coming back into the dressing room (after his maiden Test ton, versus Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006) 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!],” Laxman said.

MS Dhoni, however, went on to play 90 Tests captaining 60 out of them and won 27 tests becoming India’s most successful captain ahead of predecessor Sourav Ganguly. He retired from tests in 2014 to give the likes of Wriddhiman Saha more chances but finally retired from the international arena on the Independence Day in 2020.

“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,” he said.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman (Photo: IANS)

VVS Laxman represented India from 1996 to 2012 and became a commentator after retirement. Although he played his last ODI in 2006, he played the longest format till 2012 scoring 8781 runs in 134 Tests at an average of 45.5. He is one of the few players to have appeared in more than 100 Test matches without appearing in the World Cup.

VVS Laxman Recalls When MS Dhoni Drove Team Bus During 2008

VVS Laxman further recalls the fact that MS Dhoni drove the team bus from stadium to hotel during the 2008 test series against Australia.

VVS Laxman with MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni asked the team bus driver to sit behind as he drove the bus to leave teammates awestruck. He became the captain as Anil Kumble retired two matches before in Delhi.

“He was the captain of the Indian team because Anil [Kumble] announced his retirement two matches before in Delhi (in 2008). And MS 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,” Laxman said.

Fans will miss MS Dhoni when India plays but will see him in the yellow jersey when he plays as a captain for Chennai Super Kings in the forthcoming in UAE in 2020.

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MS Dhoni’s Approach To Cricket Is Spiritual: Sanjay Manjrekar

Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has hailed MS Dhoni for bringing glory to India — and the sport by his exceptional talent.MS Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket has left a big void in Team India. His lightning-quick reflexes behind the stumps and his genius decisions on the field will be very hard to find an apt replacement for a time being. Dhoni has retired as the only captain who won all major ICC trophies (ODI World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy). The cricketing world salutes MS Dhoni for the name he made for himself and his country at

MS Dhoni’s Approach To Cricket Is Spiritual: Sanjay Manjrekar

Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has hailed MS Dhoni for bringing glory to India — and the sport by his exceptional talent.MS Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket has left a big void in Team India. His lightning-quick reflexes behind the stumps and his genius decisions on the field will be very hard to find an apt replacement for a time being.

Dhoni has retired as the only captain who won all major ICC trophies (ODI World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy).

The cricketing world salutes MS Dhoni for the name he made for himself and his country at the biggest stage of the sport of cricket. MS Dhoni played his last game in the Indian colours during the semi-final of the .

MS Dhoni’s Approach To Cricket Is Spiritual: Sanjay Manjrekar 2
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Sanjay Manjrekar Lauds MS Dhoni’s Calmness Under Pressure

The former Indian batsman and contemporary commentator wrote that MS Dhoni’s calm demeanour helped him a lot in carrying the team to winning ways. He also mentioned his iconic status today is more about his impactful captaincy than his batting or wicket-keeping skills.

“Dhoni’s iconic status today is because of the way he led the team. The 2007 World T20 was when MSD found this very special place in the hearts of Indian fans and he has been resident there since. It wasn’t so much his keeping or his batting in that tournament that caught people’s eyes, it was his captaincy. Not just his tactics—which were very good—but also his demeanour on the big nights.”

Sanjay Manjrekar, Ravindra Jadeja
(Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)”

“India had won world titles in cricket before Dhoni, but the team could still get tense and nervous on the big days or near the finishing line. That stopped with Dhoni. Way back in 2007 we knew—Indian cricket had the calmest leader in the world on the big stage.

“I have done a few tosses with him before big games and this composure was palpable out at the pitch—Dhoni was approaching the big game like it was any other match. The same could not be said about many of his counterparts. That was Dhoni’s big gift to Indian cricket—to play the big final and treat it like any other game,” he said.

Why did Dhoni win so much? because he didn’t obsess about winning too much, like he didn’t worry about losing too much

The secret behind MS Dhoni’s success was that he didn’t care about winning or losing says Sanjay Manjrekar. He was focused on the process, not the outcome and that’s what helped him achieve greatness.

“Why did Dhoni win so much? My answer is: because he didn’t obsess about winning too much, like he didn’t worry about losing too much. He focused on the steps to get there—the process. Looking at the trophy in the distance longingly only gets you to stumble on your next step right before you.”

“Finally, how will I remember Dhoni the cricketer? Well, as one who was almost robotic in the way he handled the pressure moments in the game. I used to marvel at his presence of mind, his game awareness, his ability to stay in his bubble while the world was going crazy around him.”

Umesh Yadav MS Dhoni
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MSD has astonishing numbers for team India in 538 matches he has scored 17,266 runs, 16 centuries and 108 fifties. The former team India skipper had an early retirement from Test cricket back in 2014.

Dhoni made 90 appearances in red-ball cricket to score 4876 runs. MS Dhoni will be seen in action in the upcoming IPL 2020. He will lead his side to the 13th edition of IPL in September in the . He has joined CSK’S training camp in Chennai before travelling to the UAE for IPL 2020.

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