In a moving gesture, Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday showed how dear was the Indian flag to him after one of his countless fans trespassed on to the ground during the third T20 International against New Zealand in Hamilton. Dhoni's delirious fan, who was holding the Indian tri-colour, breached the security and rushed towards the former Indian captain to touch his feet. Running high on emotions, the trespasser was able to touch Dhoni's feet but in doing that, the Indian flag in his right hand brushed the ground. Just like his lightening quick stumping, Dhoni spotted that and grabbed the flag from the fan.
The incident took place during the New Zealand innings which ended at 212. India fought hard but lost the game by four runs and thus the series 1-2.
While Dhoni was exceptional behind the stumps as usual, he scored just two runs though. However, he has been in good touch of late. The game was also Dhoni's 300th in the shortest format, including the 199 IPL games he has featured so far.
Here's how Dhoni's fans reacted on Twitter:
Dhoni picks the flag first 😎😍😍😍Patriotic level💪👌👌👌👌 pic.twitter.com/64gSk9SnbG— Deepak (@Deepak05649055) February 10, 2019
10th February 2019 — The first innings of the decider match between India and NZ is in progress, a fan breaks the chains of security and rushes to touch the feet of MS Dhoni, accidentally dropping the Tiranga on ground, Dhoni picks the flag & then courteously taps the fans back. pic.twitter.com/oWQMi69zIj— MS Dhoni Anecdotes. (@DhoniAnecdotes) February 10, 2019
This is not pre-planned... This is pure Instincts...— Rashmi Ranjan (@rohitranjan) February 10, 2019
Those who don't say "Vande Maataram", watch how Dhoni prevented the National Flag from being grounded...
You can buy fame, but not patriotism...pic.twitter.com/GIJGfi0APW
Proud to be your Fan... That MS Dhoni and his devote 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/bL9AynMGtW— JAYDEEP PATEL (@JAYDEEP31356991) February 10, 2019
RESPECT for MS DHONI just keeps going up and up!! 🙏🏼— Dipenahir45 (@imdahir) February 10, 2019
What a Man, What a LEGEND!
A fan breached the security to meet dhoni
Fan dropped the Indian flag on ground ms dhoni picked the flag
Nation first 🇮🇳🙏#MSDhoni #Dhoni300 #INDvsNZ@BleedDhonism @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/pa7JwOmObg
dis is called legend ❤
and dis is called respecting the nation and national flag ❤@msdhoni
many great cricketers Cricketers may come and go
but there is no one like ms dhoni
salute sir ms dhoni 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/eFly81aaTv— ★彡 ⓂⒶⒹⒽⒶⓋ 彡★ (@madhavanand22) February 10, 2019
He has played in 96 T20 Internationals, scoring 1548 runs at an average of 36.85. Dhoni also has 56 catches and 34 stumpings to his name.