En route with Jharkhand team-mates, MS Dhoni travels in train after 15 years. No starry tantrums for Captain Cool!
RANCHI: After SRK’s hyped train ride that witnessed a massive fan following at various train stations, former Indian Captain MS Dhoni decided to board a train after a long gap of almost 15 years.
The South Eastern Railway served a very special passenger last night when its former employee Mahendra Singh Dhoni preferred to travel by train with his Jharkhand one-day cricket team from Ranchi to Howrah to participate in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Having stepped-down as the captain of Indian team, Dhoni decided to offer all his support and dedicate himself to the Jharkhand cricket team. Leading his team for the upcoming Vijay Hazare trophy, Dhoni and the boys boarded a train from Ranchi to head to Kolkata.
Dhoni played his last domestic game in the year 2007 and this match would be his next domestic stint after10 years. When the news of Ranchi’s favourite cricketer boarding the train broke headlines, the station filled-up with his fans within minutes.
Amidst high level security, the team members had to make their way to their allotted seats. Dhoni however did oblige a few fans with autographs and selfies.
Rewinding the clock back to his struggle days in early 2000s when he was posted as a ticket inspector in Kharagpur, India’s most successful captain, Dhoni travelled in second-tier AC of 18616 Kriya Yoga Express. Dhoni, who will lead Jharkhand in domestic one-dayers for the Vijay Hazare Trophy here, did not ask for any special service in his first train ride in more than 13 years.
“They (Jharkhand) did not have a special coach reserved for them and Dhoni travelled with his team and other co-passengers in 2AC. They had a block booking for 23 passengers including Dhoni,” South Eastern Railway chief public relations officer Sanjoy Ghosh said.