Sunil Gavaskar, former India and captain and the first batsman to cross the 10,000-run mark in Test cricket, has talked about former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his latest column for MidDay.
Gavaskar opened up on an off-the-field habit of the 38-year old cricketer which speaks highly about his nature while involving with other individuals.
Gavaskar, 70, revealed how players of both teams travel in chartered flights during bilateral series in India. Regarding Dhoni, Gavaskar wrote how he prefers to sit with the TV crew in the economy class and offers his business class seat to some other player who needs it more than him.
Sunil Gavaskar reveals how MS Dhoni used to travel in economy class
“The Indian team has a lovely system of rewarding its players especially in home matches. As most Indian cricket followers know, during the Indian domestic international season, both teams travel in a special chartered flight from one venue to the next.
“The flight also carries the technical TV crew who have to rig the cables for the next game. There are limited seats in business class and the captains, coaches and managers of the teams get these. It is here that those Indian players, who have done well in their previous game, get to sit there as a reward rather than the economy class behind.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni hardly ever sat in business class on these flights even when he was the skipper as he would prefer to sit with the real champs of the TV coverage, the cameramen and the sound engineers,” Gavaskar wrote in his latest column.
Had it not been for the infamous COVID-19 pandemic, Gavaskar would have been commentating in the 13th season of the Indian Premier League which was scheduled to begin on March 29. Delayed till April 15 as of now, not much can be confirmed about the future of the cash-rich league due to not much change in the situation.