It seems like Team India came up with the perfect solution to make one-sided matches interesting. Instead of Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni showed up for the toss and took everyone by surprise. As soon as the spectators realised that it was Dhoni walking out for the toss, the volume of the crowd’s cheers increased. With this, Dhoni became the first Indian and Asian captain to lead in 200 ODIs. His return as captain after 696 days is a treat to all the fans.
Here’s what the ‘Captain Cool’ had to say about his captaincy double century at the toss,
“I was not really sure of where I am standing. I have captained 199 ODIs, so this gives me an opportunity to make it 200. It’s all destiny and I have always believed in that. It’s not in my control, once I left captainship. Good to complete 200, but I don’t think it really matters.”
Soon enough Dhoni became the top trend on Twitter as fans expressed their excitement on seeing him back:
The nation wants to watch it again
Toss ka video chahiye MS Dhoni
— +acter (@AbhishekAltekar) September 25, 2018
Happy for Thala MS Dhoni ‘s 200th Odi as captain
— RaijinAntony (@RaijinAntony10) September 25, 2018
The Sacred Games reference
Captaincy To MS Dhoni pic.twitter.com/NPBjSQ3dVV
— Abhishek Singh (@dhoni_abhishek) September 25, 2018
MS Dhoni as Captain:
Oct 2016: 199th ODI
Sep 2018: 200th ODI
Goosebump moment when he walked on the field for the toss
— Neel Patel (@NeelPatel189) September 25, 2018
Bhai is back!
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 25, 2018
Tears of joy
— Rishu Singh (@rishusingh373) September 25, 2018
Turn the volume up
— Ankit Prajapati (@toankit) September 25, 2018
The Dhoni effect
— Kunjesh (@kunjesh12) September 25, 2018
Every MS Dhoni fan is like
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) September 25, 2018
The surprise is an understatement
MS Dhoni’s 200th ODI as Indian captain.
— Suvajit Mustafi (Rivu) (@RibsGully) September 25, 2018
But the 37-year-old’s return to captaincy was not the only surprise. Along with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan was rested as well. Deepak Chahar got his debut match whereas Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey and Siddarth Kaul got their first match in the tournament. Khaleel Ahmed made a comeback into the side as well after taking three crucial wickets against Hong Kong on debut.