Centurion: It was a rare sight for everyone when former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lost his cool during the second T20I of the three-match series against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion.Dhoni, known to be ‘captain cool’ for his calm and composed demeanour, both on and off field, but the cricketers and fans witnessed his other side on Wednesday when the wicketkeeper-batsman lost his temper during his competent partnership with middle-order batsman Manish Pandey.
After being asked to bat first, Indian lost opener Rohit Sharma (duck) and skipper Virat Kohli (one) early through the hands of Junior Dala whose spells manage to rattle the Indian batsmen.Thereafter, Suresh Raina (30) and Shikhar Dhawan (27) steadied the innings and shared a 44-run partnership, before Duminy surprised Dhawan with a low full toss and miscued it to Farhaan Behardien at mid-on. Raina departed afterwards and the visitors were in a spot of bother at 90-4 after 11 overs.
However, Manish Pandey and Dhoni shared a vital unbeaten 98-run partnership as they accelerated the scoring. Both Pandey and Dhoni brought up their second fifties respectively as they helped India to get a good score of 188-4 in 20 overs.During their partnership, Dhoni was caught hurling a series of abuses on Pandey after the former Indian skipper found his young partner losing his concentration and lack of willingness to run between the wickets.
Dhoni, apparently, could be heard on camera saying, “Oye B****K! Idhar dekh! Udhar kya dekh raha hai”, which translates to “Look here! What you looking at there for?!”Though the abusive word is unclear, a video of the same later became viral on the social media.The Men in Blue later went on to lose the match by six wickets in Centurion.
Dhoni, who is usually seen as the perfect counter to Indian team’s aggressive skipper Virat Kohli, had led India to 2007 T20I World Cup victory before later guiding the side to 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.With the three-match T20I series now locked at 1-1, India and South Africa will now play their third and final match at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town on Saturday.