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Another 1st: Dhoni signs autograph while batting in middle

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

There's always a first for everything and no wonder Singh will be remembered as the first among equals signing an autograph for a crazy fan while he was out there batting for in the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-final against

Crazy fans are not uncommon especially in where cricketers enjoy demi-God status.


Whether Abbas Ali Baig being kissed during a Test match or Sourav Ganguly finding an overzealous fan breach al security cordon to touch his feet, cricketers young and old have a tale to tell.

But the young man wearing half-sleeves red and blue check shirt along with denims could not have realised that once he had evaded the security and reached at the centre strip, the Indian skipper standing at the non-striker end would oblige as he put forth a white sheet for his autograph.

With coasting along towards a modest victory target, the skipper was in good mood and to everyone's surprise obliged the fan.

Not only did he show humility but also doused what could have been a potentially volatile situation if he would have got angry and forced the security personnel to give the man in question some serious dressing down. But as his wont, the skipper handled the situation well.

Life also generally tough for other fans who stood on the fence of the ground for the entirety of the game with the Air Force ground not equipped to handle big crowds. The situation was similar to 2013 season when Sachin Tendulkar played semi-final for Mumbai against Services.

It was rare sight as walked into the middle in the sane setting of Palam Ground with business as usual on the road leading to the stadium.

However the word of out in the middle spread like fire and the passersby stopped their vehicles to get a glimpse of one of India's favourite sportstar.

But it was the young man, who got the sign to savour.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 21:57 IST
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