VVS Laxman reveals the skipper MS Dhoni drove the bus during his 100th Test
By Sandy - Nov 18, 2018 7:55 pm
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Former Indian Test specialist batsman VVS Laxman recently released his autobiography ‘281 and Beyond’ where he shared some unknown incidents during his international cricket career. In that book, Laxman revealed that the newly appointed Test skipper MS Dhoni drove the team bus to the hotel during his 100th Test match.

MS Dhoni

It was the fourth and final Test of the home series against Australia at Nagpur in November 2008. As the skipper Anil Kumble retired at the end of the third Test of the series, the limited-overs captain MS Dhoni took the charge of the Test captaincy. While it was Laxman’s 100th Test match, it was also the final Test of the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

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During that special Test match, Dhoni drove the team bus to the hotel which Laxman couldn’t believe on his playful and grounded attitude.

Laxman wrote in his autobiography, “One of my abiding memories is of MS (Dhoni) driving the team bus to the hotel in Nagpur, during my 100th Test. I couldn’t believe my eyes — the captain of the team driving us back from the ground! It was his first Test in charge after Anil’s (Kumble) retirement, and he didn’t seem to have a care in the world. But he was like that, playful and grounded. MS never lost the joy, the playfulness. I have never met anyone quite like him.”

VVS Laxman with his autobiography

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Since then India had a long success in the international cricket under MS Dhoni’s captaincy till the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup that was won by the Indian cricket team. Since then, the team faced a very tough period when they suffered the Test whitewash in England and Australia respectively.

However, Laxman admired the skipper Dhoni who stayed calm in that toughest period and didn’t break out his frustration on the team.

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Laxman wrote about the skipper, “MS Dhoni’s calmness and equanimity are legendary. He had seen nothing but success until the tour of England in 2011. We had lost 4–0 in England and had already lost the first three Tests in Australia by the end of that year, and were heading for another whitewash. I was a mess, as were most of the guys, but MS was unbelievably composed. Not once did he lash out, and at no stage did he give the impression that he was frustrated or helpless.”

MS Dhoni

“I prided myself on being level-headed, but MS took it to another level when he said, ‘Lachi bhai, what is the point of feeling dejected and depressed? All it will do is harm your performance even more.”