It’s just mind-boggling how people worship Dhoni in India: Billings
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not just a name but an emotion to countless people in India but across the world as well. Although a certain section of cricket fans hate Dhoni, there are several others who support Dhoni. The former Indian captain has a massive fan-following in India.
He is the one and the only captain to have won three different ICC trophies namely T20 World Cup 2007, ODI World Cup 2011 and Champions Trophy 2013. This is such a tremendous record as a captain. The legend retired from the international arena in late August 2020.
However, he is still continuing to play franchise cricket. He is still the captain of Chennai Super Kings. Although his side missed out on qualifying for the playoffs last time, they did get off to a good start this season with 5 wins and 2 defeats. They are second in the points table.
Mind-boggling to see how people worship Dhoni: Sam Billings
England cricketer Sam Billings reserved the highest respect for the former Indian captain. Billings who played for CSK reckons he had the huge privilege of playing with the legendary cricketer as his captain. At the same time, Billings highlighted that countless fans in India worship Dhoni.
“I had the huge honour of playing with MS Dhoni as my captain at Chennai and seeing his life and seeing how he has to live day by day in terms of being cooped up in an hotel and you literally cannot leave unless its to go to training or a match, it’s amazing. It’s just mind-boggling how people absolutely worship him,” Kent County Club wicket-keeper said on the Headstrong podcast.
The Englishman donned the CSK outfit for 2 seasons (2018-19). After that, he moved to the Delhi Capitals ahead of the IPL 2021 season. So far, he played 11 games for the three-time IPL champions where he managed to score 108 runs. He scored 1 fifty to his name.
He was also asked what is his favourite place to play cricket and to which, he said India. “For me, I think everything that goes with it, is playing cricket in India. It’s something that people can’t just get their head around if you haven’t experienced it either as a fan or a player… An English person in London might say he doesn’t really follow cricket or doesn’t really like cricket, or that nobody kind of likes it, but 1.3 billion Indians absolutely adore and worship cricket,” said Billings.