When MS Dhoni was caught abusing teammate Manish Pandey on the field
Manish Pandey ended up being at the bad side of one of the rarest outburst by MS Dhoni.
Updated - Jul 11, 2021 8:53 pm
Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known for his calm and composed stature. He has not really been seen losing his cool during even the toughest moments of his career. He isn’t really over-expressive. His attitude over the years has earned him the title of being ‘Captain Cool.’ However, there have been only a few instances when he has lost his cool.
One of those infamous moments took place during a T20I match between India and South Africa in Centurion in 2018. Fans witnessed a very different side of the cool and calm MS Dhoni, as he was seen abusing his batting partner Manish Pandey, for showing a lack of alertness. The moment has since been etched in the memories of fans.
India was batting first and looking to set a good total in front of South Africa. Towards the end of the innings, Dhoni was seen doing what he does the best. Throughout his career, he had a reputation for running quick singles and doubles to keep the scoreboard moving along. Pandey being Dhoni’s partner in the middle had to take the heat at this moment.
Dhoni ended up scoring 52 runs
In one of the moments, Pandey took a single. Dhoni, who was back on strike, was not happy as he wanted to push for a double. He snapped at Mandey for his lack of concentration. Dhoni used an Indian slang for the Karnataka batsman.
Dhoni’s voice was caught on the stump mic and the video went viral on social media. Some criticism also came his way, but it was assumed that the cricketer might have reacted in the heat of the moment. However, all things are fine between Pandey and Dhoni and there has never been any information about any rift.
Speaking about that match, MS Dhoni smashed his second T20I half-century in that game. He scored 52 runs from 28 balls. His knock helped India reach a total of 188 for 4. In his typical style, he helped India get 16 runs in the last over. Pandey had a good outing too, scoring 79 runs from 48 balls. However, South Africa managed to chase the total in 18.4 overs.