In a moving gesture, Mahendra Singh Dhoni showed how dear the Indian flag is to him, after one of his fans trespassed on to the ground during the third T20 International against New Zealand in Hamilton.
MS Dhoni rescued the flag when it was about to touch his feet. Respect ????pic.twitter.com/a9qLFHmyeN— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) February 10, 2019
Dhoni's delirious fan, who was holding the Indian tri-colour, breached the security and rushed towards the former Indian captain to touch his feet.
Running high on emotions, the trespasser was able to touch Dhoni's feet but in doing that, the Indian flag in his right hand brushed the ground. Just like his lightening quick stumping, Dhoni spotted that and grabbed the flag from the fan.
10th February 2019 — The first innings of the decider match between India and NZ is in progress, a fan breaks the chains of security and rushes to touch the feet of MS Dhoni, accidentally dropping the Tiranga on ground, Dhoni picks the flag & then courteously taps the fans back. pic.twitter.com/oWQMi69zIj— MS Dhoni Anecdotes. (@DhoniAnecdotes) February 10, 2019
The incident took place during the New Zealand innings which ended at 212. India fought hard but lost the game by four runs and thus the series 1-2.
While Dhoni was exceptional behind the stumps as usual, he scored just two runs though. However, he has been in good touch of late.
The game was also Dhoni's 300th in the shortest format, including the 199 IPL games he has featured so far.
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.
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