Mahendra Singh Dhoni played holi with some of his greatest fans in Bangalore on Tuesday. Dhoni obliged Sudhir Gautam and Ram Babu, who were given access to the Indian team bus and meet the skipper. India play Bangladesh in a T20 World Cup match at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.
In spite of the heavy security, Dhoni allowed Sudhir, Ram Babu and some young fans to put gulal powder on his forehead. Sudhir, a Sachin Tendulkar fan, and Ram Babu follow the Indian team during major tournaments and cricket series.
Sudhir is conspicuous by his wiry appearance. His conch-blowing style of support to Indian team has been captured many times on the lenses of cameramen across the world. On Tuesday, he was draped in the tri-colour and met his favourite sportsman. After applying gulal, he even touched Dhoni’s feet. India celebrate holi on Thursday.
India must beat Bangladesh on Wednesday to stay in hunt for a semifinal berth from the group. New Zealand have already qualified after their win against Pakistan on Tuesday night.
India recently beat Bangladesh in the Asia Cup final in Mirpur on March 6. Bangladesh look depleted with Tamim Iqbal unwell and pace bowler Taskin Ahmed suspended for a faulty bowling action. Defeat will surely mean Bangladesh will exit the T20 World Cup.