Lesser-Known Stories From The Indian Dressing Room: It is the dream of every upcoming cricketer in India to share the dressing room with the players that he grew up watching. Players like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and several others had the desire to join their idol, Sachin Tendulkar, in the dressing room, and they successfully fulfilled that dream.
The team’s dressing room is a place where the players interact with each other informally, while also praying for their teammates.
The statement mentioned above is the general perception of every cricket fan. However, not many members of the cricket universe would know that the dressing room has been home to some unbelievable stories. Here’s a look at the five unknown stories from the Indian dressing room.
John Wright grabs Virender Sehwag’s collar
Back in 2002, the Indian team had toured England to take part in the Natwest series. A young batsman found a place in the Indian playing XI. However, he had a habit of playing aggressively. Because of his obsession, Sehwag ridiculously lost his wicket. The team’s coach, John Wright, had warned him about his approach. Still, Sehwag continued to bat in that way. Ultimately, when the right-handed batsman returned to the pavilion after playing a loose shot, Wright grabbed his collar and slapped him.
Sudhir Kumar Choudhary gets an opportunity to lift the World Cup
Sudhir Kumar Choudhary is a devotee of Sachin Tendulkar, who has regularly followed him all over the world. Hence, when Tendulkar won his first World Cup, he decided to reward his most loyal fan with a once in a lifetime opportunity. The legendary batsman called him up to the dressing room and allowed him to click a picture with the trophy.
When Yuvraj Singh tried to bully MS Dhoni
Everyone knows the sweet and sour relation between India’s World Cup heroes, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni. During the early days of Dhoni’s career, the senior players tried to bully him by referring to him as a ‘Bihari’ again and again. Also, Singh told him that hitting boundaries will not help the team’s cause if the team does not win matches.
Munaf Patel rejuvenates the Indian team
The 2007 World Cup is one of the darkest moments in Indian cricket history as the Indian team crashed out of the global tourney in the first round after losing to Bangladesh. The media reports stated that some angry fans tried to attack Sachin Tendulkar’s residence. A scared Sachin asked Munaf Patel about his house’s situation. Patel replied to him:
“Paaji, jahan main rehta hoon, udhar aat hazaar log hai aur aat hazaar log mere security hai!” (Where I stay, there are 8000 people, and all of them are my security).
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan fight
During the year 2014-15, India toured Australia to play a 4-Test series. Unfortunately, MS Dhoni’s men could not give a fight to their opponents as the frustration of players increased. When the two teams met in Brisbane, Shikhar Dhawan injured himself in a practice session, which forced Virat Kohli to bat up the order. The right-handed batsman got out cheaply, and India lost the match. Many inside reports stated that Kohli had a heated confrontation with Dhawan in the dressing room after his dismissal.