MS Dhoni gave up his bed for Hardik Pandya in New Zealand. Photo: BCCI / AP
- As early as 2019, MS Dhoni gave up his bed for Hardik Pandya in New Zealand
- Pandya had a late arrival in New Zealand and there was no place for the cricketer
- Dhoni decided to help Pandya and left his bed to the all-rounder
Former India skipper MS Dhoni lives a private life in Ranchi and stays away from the limelight. The Indian legend doesn’t use social media and fans will have to wait for other popular social media accounts to catch a glimpse of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper. There are few players who can contact Dhoni when he is not in the game and one of them is Hardik Pandya.
The Indian all-rounder was spotted outside the field a few times with Dhoni and in 2020 the all-rounder surprised his former captain with a visit to his house for his 39th birthday. Their strong bond can be seen in the fact that Dhoni even gave up his bed for Pandya in New Zealand in 2019. Three years ago, Pandya had a late arrival in New Zealand and there was no room left for him. Dhoni stepped forward and came to the aid of the all-rounder.
The story was revealed by Pandya during an interview with ESPNcricinfo. During the conversation, Pandya had also revealed that Dhoni does not sleep on a bed.
“MS was someone who understood me from the start: how I function, what kind of person I am, what I don’t like, everything. When I was selected for the New Zealand series [in January 2019, after the suspension was revoked], initially there were no hotel rooms [for Pandya in New Zealand]. But then I get a call that says, “You just come. MS told us, ‘I don’t sleep in bed.” [in any case]. He’ll sleep on my bed and I’ll sleep on the floor, “Pandya told ESPNcricinfo.
The all-rounder made his white ball debut under Dhoni in 2016. In January 2016, he made his debut in a three-game T20I against Australia. 9 months later, Pandya put on his first ODI cap in the opening game against New Zealand in Dharamsala. He won the Player of the Game award for his 3-for.
With Dhoni relinquishing the whitball captaincy in January 2017, Pandya didn’t get many opportunities to play under him. But they were teammates for a long time and Pandya was part of the final XI in Dhoni’s last international game, which was played in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals against New Zealand.