New Delhi, Mar 16: The cricketing life of former India skipper MS Dhoni has a lot of firsts and another one was added on Wednesday during the Vijay Hazare trophy quarter-final between Jharkhand and Vidarbha.
The match was all about one one man and it was apparent as the whole stadium was chanting 'Dhoni, Dhoni' every time a Jharkhand wicket fell in the hope of seeing their star play some majestic shots. And he didn't disappoint.
But back to the unique first that Dhoni was a part of.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be remembered as the first among equals for signing an autograph for a crazy fan while he was out there batting for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarters at Delhi's Palam Ground on Wednesday.
Crazy fans are not uncommon especially in India where cricketers enjoy demi-God status.
Whether Abbas Ali Baig being kissed during a Test match or Sourav Ganguly finding an overzealous fan breach al security cordon to touch his feet, cricketers young and old have a tale to tell.
But the young man wearing half-sleeves red and blue check shirt along with denims could not have realised that once he had evaded the security and reached at the centre strip, the Indian skipper standing at the non-striker end would oblige as he put forth a white paper for his autograph.
With Jharkhand coasting along towards a modest victory target, the skipper was in good mood and to everyone's surprise obliged the fan. Not only did he show humility but also doused what could have been a potentially volatile situation if he would have got angry and forced the security personnel to give the man in question some serious dressing down. But as his wont, the skipper handled the situation well.
The overwhelmed fan touched Dhoni feet before being escorted away from the field of play.
Life also generally tough for other Dhoni fans who stood on the fence of the ground for the entirety of the game with the Air Force ground not equipped to handle big crowds. The situation was similar to 2013 Ranji Trophy season when Sachin Tendulkar played semi-final for Mumbai against Services.
It was rare sight as Dhoni walked into the middle in the sane setting of Palam Ground with business as usual on the road leading to the stadium.
However, the word of Dhoni out in the middle spread like fire and the passersby stopped their vehicles to get a glimpse of one of India's favourite sportstar. But it was the young man, who got the sign to savour.
By the way, Dhoni obliged the sparse crowd as he extended his stay as Jharkhand skipper by taking his team into the semis with a trademark six over long-on.
A fan went to MSD &— TEAM MS DHONI (@imDhoni_fc) March 15, 2017
Asked for his autograph &
Touched his feet during today's game
That's MS DHONI for you pic.twitter.com/wYCLkpkbFx