Probably for the first time in cricket, there were thousands and thousands of spectators in the stadium for a warm-up match as MS Dhoni led an international team for the last time in his career for the India A vs England XI match. It was not just the stadium, even Twitter was filled with Dhoni.
India's most successful captain MS Dhoni resigned from captaincy in the limited overs format last week. Dhoni, however, captained the India A team for their match against England XI for, almost certainly, his last match as an International captain. The stadium was full and almost every die-hard Indian cricket fan was glued to the television sets. What struck the Twitterati though was not just Dhoni's last match as captain, but also the return of the golden Dhoni, as he scored 23 runs off the last over and ended the innings at 68 runs with 8 fours and 2 sixes, and amid all this, a fan running on to touch the feet of Dhoni.
Now it is the third time! Every match a landmark in Indian cricket!
Twice Dhoni and Yuvraj batted together at CCI.— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 10, 2017
2007 - In the 1st ever T20I on Indian soil
2009 - India became no.1 Test side.#IndAvENG
The cheer says it all!
BCCI (@BCCI) January 10, 2017
Warm-up match or a World Cup match?
Reminder: Its a Warmup match and Its not a weekend! pic.twitter.com/8Icz2cA450— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 10, 2017
Dhoni is an emotion!
Fan comes to the middle, touches Dhoni's feet and shakes hands before being taken off.— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 10, 2017
Everyone has their own problems!
YOGRAJ SINGH: DHONI KO DEKH KAR MERA BETA DISTRACT HO GAYA! #IndAvEng— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) January 10, 2017
Every cricket lover in India right now!
Indian fans every time MS DHONI comes out to bat! pic.twitter.com/ErH2ZEWz4u— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) January 10, 2017
This never gets old!
Even the ECB is excited!
It is not
He creates another record!
MS DHONI IN THE LAST OVER:-— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) January 10, 2017
6 , 4 , 4 , 2 , 6 , 1#IndAvEng
Just MSD things!
Struggling to think of a non-international, non-IPL game where the atmosphere has been this frenzied. Dhoni devotion. #IndAvEng— Dileep Premachandran (@SpiceBoxofEarth) January 10, 2017
Only MS Dhoni can get a standing ovation for flipping a coin at the toss. Such is his stature, such is his legend! 💙 #IndAvEng— Manya 🏏 (@CSKian716) January 10, 2017
23 off the last over!
Dhoni in last over turns into Arnab Goswami... He goes after everything.— ️ (@FarziCricketer) January 10, 2017
For the last time in International stage!
The (C) with MSDHONI's name for ONE LAST TIME. pic.twitter.com/alp5UnSiVc— ️ (@FarziCricketer) January 10, 2017
India or West Indies? Who will win?
WI hold a 60-53 H2H advantage over IND historically but in last 10 completed games between them , IND have won 7. IND has also won all last 5 games at this venue.