Former Indian captain and one of the best batsmen in the history of the game, Mr. Sunil Gavaskar heaped praises on former Indian captain MS Dhoni for his simplicity. In his column on Mid-Day, Mr. Gavaskar shared a heart-touching story that depicts that selfless side of MS Dhoni.
Mr. Gavaskar shared a lesser-known story about MS Dhoni and how he used to always sit with the television crew in the economy class even when he had a choice of sitting the business class, which is more luxurious and comfortable.
Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his Mid-Day column: “The Indian team has a lovely system of rewarding its players especially in home matches. As most Indian cricket followers know, during the Indian domestic international season, both teams travel in a special chartered flight from one venue to the next.”
“The flight also carries the technical TV crew who have to rig the cables for the next game. There are limited seats in business class and the captains, coaches and managers of the teams get these.
It is here that those Indian players, who have done well in their previous game, get to sit there as a reward rather than the economy class behind. Mahendra Singh Dhoni hardly ever sat in business class on these flights even when he was the skipper as he would prefer to sit with the real champs of the TV coverage, the cameramen and the sound engineers,” added the former batting legend.
Mr. Sunil Gavaskar also mentioned Virat Kohli in his column and wrote that he is also following the footsteps of MS Dhoni.
“Virat Kohli has also sat in the economic sector to give his seat to the bowlers who had bowled India to a win in a just-concluded match (during the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Down Under). These are simple gestures but they go a long way in building team spirit.”