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Sanjay Manjrekar accidentally calls MS Dhoni as India captain

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)”

MS Dhoni stepped down from the most coveted position in the Indian cricket team recently. He decided to pass the captaincy baton to Virat Kohli prior to the commencement of the England ODI series. The fact was surely very hard to digest for his fans and the cricket pundits. People are so accustomed to seeing and calling Dhoni as India’s captain, that many still end up calling him the leader of the team. Commentator and former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar is no exception.

During the final ODI against England at Kolkata, the former cricketer had a slip of tongue as he referred to MS Dhoni as the captain. The incident perspired in the 15th over of the England innings. It was Yuvraj Singh who was bowling to Sam Billings in that over. Yuvraj bowled a straighter one and Billings tried to play the sweep shot. He missed the shot completely and was trapped on the pads.

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Both Yuvraj and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni were interested in the sweep and appealed straightaway. Indian skipper Virat Kohli ran towards them to ask if they should review the decision. By this time, Dhoni had realised that the appeal was not worth a review. However, Kohli seemed interested then. This is exactly when commentator Sanjay Manjrekar had an accidental referral made to Dhoni as the Indian captain. Sanjay Manjrekar was on air commentating. He said, “Kohli ends up taking the verdict of the captain.” He was quick to correct himself and add, “former captain.”

Clearly, it is not very easy to get over the fact that Dhoni is no longer the leader of the Indian side. The word captain seems synonymous to MS Dhoni these days as it always has been. Dhoni led India for a record number of 331 matches across the three formats of the game – the most by any captain in international cricket.

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