On Friday, former Indian skipper MS Dhoni was doing his preparations for the semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy against Bengal early in the morning. But he got surprised when having his breakfast along with his Jharkhand teammates at the Welcome hotel in Dwarka someone noticed smoke rising around.
Soon after watching the smoke a Jharkhand player informed about the same to the team through the team’s WhatsApp group and asked the other players in their room to beware.
During a chat with the Telegraph at the Palam ground, Dhoni described the incidents first hand. He said: “I was told the fire had started at the nearby shopping mall and spread to the hotel later. There was thick smoke and initially, we didn’t realize what was happening,”
He also acknowledged that the things were a bit scary initially but the presence of mind has helped him to stay calm. He said, “It was a bit scary, but we managed to come out. Thankfully, all my teammates and other guests came out unhurt.”
Jharkhand’s team member Ishank Jaggi wrote a blog for a website about the incident and he described the calmness of Captain Cool. He stated, “Meanwhile, Mahi bhai also joined us in front of the lift. Once we came down the lift to the lobby, we discovered that the fire did not catch in the hotel but in the shopping mall adjacent to it. I was amazed to see the calmness on the face of Mahi bhai. He was so relaxed with the situation. He kept on assuring us not to get panicked and that everything will be under control.”
The Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman Shreevats Goswami also got an opportunity to have a chat with Dhoni because of the incidence. He described the conversation to PTI, he said, “I have never had an opportunity to enjoy a one-on-one session with Dhoni bhai. Today since the match was postponed; I went up to him and sought his time. He obliged almost immediately. I spent good 15-20 minutes talking about my game. I was a fan but today I was more of a student.”