Bollywood star Ranveer Singh took a trip own the memory lane after MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket. The actor reminisced about his first meet with ‘Captain Cool’ along with other memorable moments in a heartfelt Instagram post.
The Gully Boy actor shared the story of his first meet up with Dhoni on his Instagram handle with their first picture together. The photograph featured a 22-year-old Ranveer sporting a mohawk and beaming next to Dhoni, the actor also wrote a heartfelt caption, that read, “This little gem of a photo is one of my prized possessions. It was taken around the year 2007/08 at ND Studio in Karjat. I was about 22 years old, working as an assistant director. I took up this particular job only because the ad film featured the one & only MS Dhoni.”
He further added “I was overworked and underpaid, but I didn’t care- I just wanted to be in His presence. I was even injured at the time, but I worked through the pain in the hope that as a reward for my sincere efforts, I would be granted a chance to briefly meet MSD and maybe get a photo with him. When I finally met him, I was completely awestruck. He was so humble, so down-to-earth, full of grace and exuded an unmistakable aura of kindness. My love, respect and reverence for him grew even stronger”
Sharing the story of their second meet-up which happened sometime after Band Baaja Baaraat, Ranveer wrote “After I did my first movie, Sapna (who was our common hairstylist at the time) called me one day and said ‘hey I know you’re a massive MSD fan, he’s shooting at Mehboob studio, come & meet him if you’d like’. Man-oh-man! I just dropped everything and rushed to the studio to meet him! He was jovial and warm and praised my performance in BBB. We hung out, I had my cap and jersey signed by him, like a true fanboy. That day, I felt like I was walking on the clouds!”
“Since then, every time that I have the good fortune of meeting him, I am left energised and enthused, as if a big brother has blessed me with energy and motivation to go out and be the best that I can be,” he added.
The Lootera actor also called Dhoni a ‘paragon of excellence’ and his ‘hero forever’ in his caption. “MSD is one of the greatest sportsmen to have ever lived. I’m lucky to have witnessed his playing career in my lifetime. A paragon of excellence. An icon of the sport. My hero forever. Thank you Mahi Bhai for bringing glory to our great nation and filling a billion hearts with pride. #MSD the #GOAT,” he wrote.
On August 15 2020, MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket in a video on Instagram. Apart from Ranveer Singh several other Bollywood celebrities, including Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Sidharth Malhotra, Yami Gautam and Sonu Sood paid tribute to the cricketer.