After India’s exit from the 2007 ICC World Cup, India’s ODI and T20I captain MS Dhoni said that media made them feel like terrorist or murderer.
That time, India was led by Rahul Dravid and had crashed out of the 2007 World Cup in the first round, losing to Bangladesh in their opening match and then Sri Lanka.
Speaking at a promotional event in New York City for the upcoming biopic on him -MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, he said,”When we landed in Delhi, there was a lot of media. At times, people feel that we are not emotional enough about it, but I always felt, as sports persons, you have to be strong enough to go through everything and it has to be within yourself.”
They had to go out in police vans with media cars chasing them. Dhoni said it felt as if they ad committed a big crime.
“At that point of time, when we landed, we had to get out in a police van. I was sitting next to Viru [Virender Sehwag] paaji. It was evening or night time. We were travelling at a decent speed – 60 or 70 kms – and that’s quite a bit for India, that too on the narrow roads. And, you know, media cars around us with their cameras and the big lights on top, it felt as if we had committed a big crime, maybe like a murderer or terrorist or something. We were actually chased by them,” he told reporters.
The captain said that incident left a big impact on him and he channelised the aggression to become a better cricketer.
“After a while, we entered a police station. We went there, we sat for a while and then we left in our cars after 15-20 minutes. That actually had a big impact on me and I channelised the aggression to become a better cricketer and a better human being,” Dhoni said.