ICC Goes the John Lennon Way to 'Imagine' Cricket Without Dhoni
The International Cricket Council's official Twitter handle went overboard with its poetic tribute by reimagining a John Lennon track to honour the 37-year-old cricketing legend.
File image of Dhoni (Getty).
Dhoni, who became the first Indian cricketer ever to appear in a 300 T20 match, once again lit up the bails by displaying quick reflexes behind the stumps to send Kiwi Tim Seifert packing in just 0.099 seconds.
Later, the wicket-keeper batsman brought cheer among Indian fans after he lifted the tricolour, given to him by a fan - who had gatecrashed the match just to meet his idol.
While the fans in the stadium got the witness a thrilling encounter on the ground, Twitterati were in for a surprise when International Cricket Council's official Twitter handle went overboard with its poetic tribute by reimagining a John Lennon track to honour the 37-year-old cricketing legend.
'Imagine,' considered one of Lennon's finest works after departing from the Beatles, got the Dhoni-twist and even had a mention for English quickie James Anderson.
Here's how ICC had a fanboy moment for Dhoni:
"Imagine there’s no umpire— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
It’s easy if you try.
"No one to signal boundary,— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
Or raise both hands into the sky
"Imagine all the bowlers— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
Running in all dayyyyy…
"Imagine there's no Dhoni— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
It's so very hard to do.
"No one to catch or stump you— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
And no banter, too
"Imagine all the batsmen— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
Running twos and threeeeees.
"You may say I’m a seamer,— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
But I’m not James Anderson.
"I hope someday you’ll edge behind— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
And the cordon will appeal as one!
"Imagine there’s no winter— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
I wonder if you can? ☀
"No need for nets or covers— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
Just working on that tan 😎
"Imagine all the matches— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
Played all year rounddddd...
Ooooohhhh— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
"You may say I’m a seamer— ICC (@ICC) February 10, 2019
But I’m not James Anderson.
I hope someday you’ll edge behind
And the cordon will appeal as one!"
Last week, ICC had tweeted a cheeky advice on Dhoni that sent the fans into a frenzy.
Never leave your crease with MS Dhoni behind the stumps! https://t.co/RoUp4iMpX6— ICC (@ICC) February 3, 2019
Coming back to cricket, chasing a steep task of 213 to win, India could manage only 208 despite early fireworks from Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya.
A 63-run partnership between Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya almost did the job for the visitors but it wasn’t enough in the end.
Needing 16 to win in the final over of the match, Karthik started with a double before playing out two dot balls – one of which saw Karthik deny Krunal a single – that eventually ended any slim hopes they might have had of taking away the series.
Karthik's controversial decision was met with severe trolling on social media.
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