New Delhi, March 16: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave a moment of a lifetime to a young fan during Vijay Hazare Trophy's quarter-final match against Vidarbha here on Wednesday (March 15).
By signing an autograph for a crazy fan while he was out there batting, MS Dhoni will be remembered as the first among equals for his humble gesture.
Crazy fans are not uncommon especially in India where cricketers enjoy demi-God status. Whether Abbas Ali Baig being kissed during a Test match or Sourav Ganguly finding an overzealous fan breach al security cordon to touch his feet, cricketers young and old have a tale to tell.
But the young man wearing half-sleeves red and blue check shirt along with denims could not have realised that once he had evaded the security and reached at the centre strip, the former Indian skipper standing at the non-striker end would oblige as he put forth a white sheet for his autograph.
With Jharkhand coasting along towards a modest victory target, the skipper was in good mood and to everyone's surprise obliged the fan.
Not only did he show humility but also doused what could have been a potentially volatile situation if he would have got angry and forced the security personnel to give the man in question some serious dressing down.
The Jharkhand skipper handled the situation well. Life also generally tough for other Dhoni fans who stood on the fence of the ground for the entirety of the game with the Air Force ground not equipped to handle big crowds.
The situation was similar to 2013 Ranji Trophy season when Sachin Tendulkar played semi-final for Mumbai against Services.
It was rare sight as Dhoni walked into the middle in the sane setting of Palam Ground with business as usual on the road leading to the stadium.
However, the word of Dhoni out in the middle spread like a wildfire and the passersby stopped their vehicles to get a glimpse of one of India's favourite sportstar. But it was the young man, who got the sign to savour.