You have heard Sachin Tendulkar’s superstition about wearing his left pad first before going out to bat during his playing days. The batting great even famously revealed that he did no allow anyone to get off their seats in the dressing room during India’s chase in the 2011 World Cup final.
Quite a few cricketers believe in such superstitions. Despite their talent and success at the highest level, it seems they don’t want to take chances when it comes to luck.
As it turns out, MS Dhoni also believes in a superstition that is as quirky as the skipper’s on-field moves. Former India spinner and IPL governing council member, Pragyan Ojha revealed that Dhoni never wishes his teammates before a match. Wondering, why?
“MSD will never wish his team members ‘all the best’ or ‘good luck’ before a game. Because he feels, if he wishes somebody quite a few players he has wished his players during a game, it ended up in a very different way. That’s maybe why he has stopped it.” Ojha, Dhoni’s former India teammate, told Sports Today.
“Once we had a conversation about people having different kinds of sentiments and that’s when he said he never wishes his players before a game. And before the game, none of the players from the opposition to go him. They don’t want any wishes from him.”
When MS Dhoni used to keep pens after signing match balls
Notably, Deep Dasgupta also pointed out that MS Dhoni used to keep the pen with himself after signing match balls for fans in the Indian Premier League.
It seems MS Dhoni is not wishing his teammates in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as Chennai Super Kings have been riding on all-round performances. After losing their opening game against Delhi Capitals, CSK have bounced back strong to win two back-to-back matches.
CSK defeated Punjab Kings by 6 wickets to open their account in IPL 2021 before hammering Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs on Monday. CSK are at the 3rd spot of the IPL 2021 points table with 2 wins from 3 matches.
CSK will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their 4th match of IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday, April 21.
Notably, Dhoni conceded that he had gotten off to a slow start in their win over Rajasthan Royals and that it could end up hurting his team. Dhoni came up with an an honest assessment of his game, saying he is doing everything he can to stay fit and compete with the younger lot in the IPL.
“I thought we could have got more. The first six balls I played could have cost us in another game,” Dhoni said.
“It’s true but when you’re playing, you don’t really want anyone to say he’s unfit. Performance is something that is not guaranteed.. I was not guaranteeing performances when I was 24, can’t guarantee when I am 40.”