Ahead of the IPL 2021, we chat with three followers of Chennai Super Kings’ MS Dhoni, who’ve gone the additional mile for his or her cricketing icon
The previous couple of months have been wonderful for Indian cricket with memorable wins towards Australia and England. None of them featured MS Dhoni who has formally retired from all types of worldwide cricket.
And but, when a video of Dhoni beginning coaching for IPL 2021 in Chennai’s Chepauk emerged, it despatched followers right into a tizzy. Earlier this week, Chennai Super Kings’ official Instagram deal with posted a video of him belting sixes throughout a observe session with the caption ‘Thala Paraak…’, borrowing a Rajinikanth line from Petta. That Dhoni and his Yellow Army are much-loved in Chennai is well-known. But the cricketer and CSK have has followers all throughout the nation, a few of whom have gone to excessive lengths to show their love. MetroPlus chats with three followers who spell out their IPL mantra for the upcoming season:
Harnam Kaur, Una (Himachal Pradesh)
Every weekend in Una, 28-year-old Harnam Kaur gathers a couple of of her lady pals to play cricket of their neighbourhood. What is particular, you would possibly ask. They all put on shiny yellow Chennai Super Kings T-shirts with ‘Dhoni’ written on it.
Harnam’s liking for Dhoni began when she was in school six; she remembers being glued to the TV watching him again then. What began off as a mere ‘sure, I like him’ went on to grow to be an fascination: she was quickly amassing posters, watching no matter interviews he gave and following each cricket match that he was a part of. Harnam additionally has greater than ten official CSK T-shirts, with all of the designs which have been launched over time.
This gross sales officer at a PSU has been a Dhoni fan for 15 years now. Some of her pals have even saved her identify as ‘Mahi’ inon their telephones. “Once, I used to be posted in Shimla and my foot slipped on the best way to workplace; I had a muscle tear,” she recollects. A few days later, she was in Chandigarh, hopping her method to watch a CSK-Punjab sport. “I hopped all the best way into the stands, and folks have been giving me unusual appears… however I simply needed to watch Mahi.”
Harnam’s largest remorse is that she has not but met her cricketing hero in particular person, however there’s a reminiscence she’s going to maintain on to for all times. “When he performed for the Pune group [in IPL], I went to look at a match of his in Delhi. When he walked in to play, the whole stadium was chanting ‘Mahi, Mahi’ and I used to be proven on the large display. That shall be certainly one of my most blissful moments.”
R Gopikrishnan, Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu)
If you need to go to R Gopikrishnan in Arangur (Cuddalore district), you don’t want Google Maps that will help you. All you want is to ask locals the best way to ‘Dhoni veedu’. This die-hard fan has painted his whole home yellow, with the emblem of CSK and an image of Dhoni. Since final 12 months, when he undertook this train, the home has grow to be in style within the neighbourhood with everybody calling it ‘Dhoni home’.
The concept was a results of Gopikrishnan’s urge to do one thing final 12 months, when he was removed from dwell cricketing motion (the IPL was staged within the United Arab Emirates in 2020 as a result of pandemic). He additionally needed to unfold positivity amongst followers. “My household is aware of that I’m mad about Dhoni. I pitched them this concept, and fortunately, they gave me a go forward,” recollects the 31-year-old, who’s into Forex buying and selling enterprise. And so, in three days’ time, Gopikrishnan acquired his home colored in CSK yellow. Someone shot a video, and the clip went viral; it reached Dhoni himself, who posted a response video to it. “I nonetheless can not consider that he took time without work to report a message for me.”
Jay Soni, Navsari (Gujarat)
At Jay Soni’s tattoo studio in Navsari, cricket is at all times taking part in on TV. In the months of April and May, common patrons know that Jay shall be unavailable for appointments within the evenings: he can be busy watching the IPL matches, particularly those that characteristic Dhoni’s CSK. Jay’s childhood dream was to grow to be a cricketer, however he veered into turning into a contract tattoo artist in 2010, and arrange his personal studio in Navsari in 2015, with branches in Bardoli and Surat.
Tattoo designs would possibly occupy most of his mindspace now, however that takes a backseat when Dhoni is taking part in a cricket match. “When he began out, there have been well-known cricketers like Sachin and Ganguly within the group…however even then, he used to manage the match from behind the stumps. His physique language recommended that he might take management of video games; I’ve liked watching him and saved imitating him, since 2007,” says Jay, whose IPL mantra this 12 months is easy: Dhoni will carry again the IPL trophy.
Jay has 20 tattoos on his physique, however his most memorable is the one on his again: that includes his sporting icon. “I first acquired my dad and mom’ portrait achieved, and in 2016, I needed to do a tattoo on my again of one thing memorable. I assumed exhausting, as I needed it to be somebody or one thing I’ll by no means remorse for all times… and I selected Dhoni. With him on my again, I firmly consider, ‘Mere peeche Dhoni hai…’”
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