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MS Dhoni Cancelled a Team Event Where Gary Kirsten Wasn't Allowed to Enter

Former India skipper MS Dhoni and ex-coach Gary Kirsten shared a great rapport and perhaps that was the reason the duo took India to a World Cup triumph and also at the helm of Test rankings.

Cricketnext Staff |July 16, 2020, 9:32 AM IST
MS Dhoni Cancelled a Team Event Where Gary Kirsten Wasn't Allowed to Enter

Former India skipper MS Dhoni and ex-coach Gary Kirsten shared a great rapport and perhaps that was the reason the duo took India to a World Cup triumph and also at the helm of Test rankings.

His bond and loyalty with the South African made him admit, that Dhoni is one of the most impressive people around.

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“One of the most impressive people I have met, he is a great leader of people, he’s got incredible presence as a leader, but the most important thing is that he is loyal,” Kirsten said about Dhoni on The RK Show on YouTube.

Kirsten then recalled an incident where the South African staff of the Indian team were not allowed to enter in an event, where Dhoni also did not go.

“I’ll never forget, just before the World Cup, we were invited in Bangalore to go to the flight school, to go and kind of have a look at that.

"Obviously, we had a couple of foreigners in our support staff, and we got word back on the morning before the whole team was meant to go – and everyone was looking forward to the event – that the three South Africans, which were myself, Paddy Upton and Eric Simmons, weren’t going to be allowed into the flight school because it was seen as a potential security risk.

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“So MS cancelled the whole event. He just said, ‘These are my people. If they’re not allowed in, none of us are going’. And that was what he was about,” Kirsten said.

“He was very loyal, to me, and I think he saw as well, there were times when we didn’t always win games and we’d have some tough times. We’d spend a lot of time, just one on one together, talking through, taking the team forward. I think we built a strong relationship in the three years we had together,” Kirsten added.

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1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 3760 104
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 South Africa 3345 108
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2 England 4564 268
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 5470 260
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