We Were All Shocked To See MS Dhoni’s Shaved Head After The 2011 World Cup Victory: Team India Manager
It seems like just yesterday that MS Dhoni struck Nuwan Kulasekara for a monster six to help India win the 2011 World Cup at Wankhede Stadium. However, it still gives those present at the stadium on the night of the final goosebumps to remember how 45,000-plus fans sang Vande Mataram as India drew closer to Sri Lanka’s 275-point mark. Although everyone talks about how it was the greatest gift for legend Sachin Tendulkar and how the whole country celebrated the night away, it was the next morning that would stay with then-team manager Ranjib Biswal for the rest of his life.
Biswal reports that while the boys partied until about 4:30 a.m., the greatest surprise came the next morning when skipper Dhoni walked in with a shaved head. It will be remembered as the greatest surprise of the 2011 World Cup journey, according to the former team manager.
“We had no idea what was in store for us the morning after the final. After the victory, we partied in the locker room until late in the night, then returned to the team hotel and partied until about 4:30 a.m. We went back to our rooms after that. And when we wake up, what do we see? After returning to his room, Dhoni shaved his head. It was, without a doubt, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We had no idea” He admitted.
When asked if Dhoni had gone to his room earlier than the rest of the team, Biswal replied: “Not in the least. He was with us all the time and only left when the festivities were over. After that, he returns to his room and shaves his beard. For you, it’s Dhoni. He keeps his thoughts close to his chest and rarely shares them.”
While the final against Sri Lanka was a brilliant success, the most important match had to be the high-octane semi-final against Pakistan in Mohali. And Biswal agrees that the situation was tense, particularly with fans and dignitaries from both sides of the border in the stadium for the game.
“It was an India-Pakistan match, followed by a World Cup match, and then, the World Cup semi-final. Let’s not even talk about the fact that dignitaries and fans from both sides of the border were in attendance to watch the game. But, as with MS and then-coach Gary Kirsten, they didn’t let the pressure affect their performance. That, I believe, helped to calm the nerves of the others in the room. For me, it was all about ensuring that the cricketers’ sole attention was on the game and that everything else was taken care of “He gave a warm smile.
Was there a demand for match tickets as well as interviews with the players because of his role? According to Biswal, there was no such episode that got out of control. “Well, you are aware that India was playing at home, and passes were requested.” However, there was no such demand that was out of reach. In terms of the media, I would conclude that they were as an understanding of the situation as one might hope.
“Yes, there were demands for interviews, but the media staff also acknowledged that the main emphasis was on playing and winning matches. We had publicity events and sessions, and they were all well-managed. To be frank, the picture of the entire stadium singing Vande Mataram as Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh led India to victory at Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011, still gives me goosebumps “He ended his message by signing off.