Mahendra Singh Dhoni hates to lose, and he proved it scoring a determined century in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka two years ago.

“Since his club cricket, Dhoni never used to like losing a game—friendly or officially. Once he banged on the floor a tea pot he had won as man of the match during a cricket tournament in Lucknow,” Satish Kumar, who played for five years alongside Dhoni in the Central Coalfields Limited in the late 1990s, said.

Dhoni broke the tea pot in the dressing room as the team had lost a league match then saying “What is the necessary for a tea pot when we failed with the bat and ball. Thereafter, we all played seriously and won that tournament.”

This shows how passionate Dhoni is and his recent reported comments against India opener Goutam Gambhir was no wonder. Dhoni had reportedly accused Gambhir of playing for himself and not for the team when India lost to England in the Test series played in the later part of 2012.

Rakesh Kumar, another colleague of Dhoni when the duo played B division cricket in Ranchi, shared a rare incident with

“When no photo journalist turned up to take a snap of our team after winning the ‘B’ division league in Ranchi in the late 1990s, we all went to Crown Studio and had a photo session. That photo became the pride of place in our albums after Mahi’s marvelous rise,” Kumar, who works for a local news channel, said.

Along with his team mates, Dhoni practiced at the JSCA International Cricket Complex this evening ahead of January 19 when Team India will cross swords with England in the third ODI. Both the teams are tied 1-1 in the five-match series.

Dhoni hosted a dinner for Team India members last night.
Today he went to Deori temple to seek blessings, apparently to continue his form in this series.

Tickets have been sold out and all roads will lead to Dhurwa where the newly constructed stadium will be inaugurated by Governor Syed Ahmed tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the JSCA has reportedly distributed 11,000 complementary passes, after exhausting all the tickets to the public.

Ranchiites are also gearing up to watch the Indian Hockey league match between Ranchi Rhinos and Mumbai Magicians at the floodlit Astro turf stadium at 8 pm tomorrow.


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