MS Dhoni's horrific experience © Getty Images
MS Dhoni’s horrific experience © Getty Images

While talking to the press at New York ahead of MS Dhoni’s biopic ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’, India’s limited-overs captain, spoke on how disappointed he was on the round exit in ICC World Cup 2007 and the angry response the players received while returning home. Dhoni mentioned that played an important role in shaping his personality in public domain, as a cricketer as well. India were eliminated out of the tournament in the Caribbean after losing their group matches first against Bangladesh and the next against Sri Lanka. The only team they won against was towards Bermuda. After their disastrous loss in World Cup, Dhoni’s house was pelted with stones after their exit.

Dhoni 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. It is not about coming for a press conference and crying about stuff, or crying in the field about what has happened,” as reported on ESPNcricinfo.com. He further added, “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.”

Speaking further, Dhoni said, “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. 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.” ALSO READ: VIDEO: Sushant Singh Rajput bowls MS Dhoni over in rapid fire

With regards to Dhoni’s biopic, he wanted the the movie to show his journey, the inherent struggles in “decision making processes” rather than “glorifying him” and that’s precisely what Dhoni told film’s director Neeraj Pandey during the conceptual phase of the movie. In the United States along with wife Sakshi and producer Arun Pandey (whose firm manages Dhoni) to promote his film, which is due to release worldwide on September 30, Dhoni spoke about his life and the transformation from a talented small town boy to one of India’s most respected captain.