Dhoni answers Aussie journalist on retirement like only he can
Mahendra Singh Dhoni led team India might have lost the crucial semifinal encounter against the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium on Thursday. But that didn’t stop India’s ‘Captain Cool’ MS Dhoni from indulging into a funny banter with an Australian journalist in the post-match press conference.
After Samuel Ferris of Cricket.com.au asked Dhoni about his retirement plans during the press conference, Dhoni surprized everyone by inviting him to sit alongside him.
Initially, the 34-year-old cricketer responded by asking Ferris to repeat the question, and when he did, the following played out.
“Come here, let’s have some fun,” said Dhoni, asking Ferris to join him. Ferris blinked couldn’t make out what was happening. Just when Dhoni pushed aside one of the chairs next to him and said: “I am serious, come here.”
Ferris got up from his chair and joined Dhoni on the dias. The moment was worth capturing as something of this sort hadn’t transpired before.
After the scribe sat down, Dhoni put an arm around him and said. “Do you want me to retire?”
“Not that I want. That’s what I want to ask you,” replied Ferris.
“I was hoping it was an Indian media guy because I can’t really ask you if you have a son or a brother who is a wicketkeeper. Do you think I am unfit, looking at my running?” asked Dhoni (giggling sounds echoed the room)
“No. You’re very fast.”
“Do you think I can survive till the 2019 World Cup?”
“You should, yes, sure.”
“Then you have answered the question.”
With that, Dhoni patted Ferris’ back. The journo walked back to his seat while the room erupted in laughter over Dhoni’s clever answer. Within a minute of Dhoni’s response, thousands of netizens took to social media to discuss the interview.
Do you think there’s anyone else who could have managed to pull an interview like this off? We sure don’t.