Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the epitome of calmness. His serenity and composure have time and again helped India cross the line in tense situations. His calm and cool demeanor was once again on display during India's third ODI against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Sunday. Crowd trouble forced the umpires to stop play for about 35 minutes when India were cruising to a series clinching victory at Kandy. India were at a dominating position on 210/4 for four after 44 overs, needing another eight runs to win, when players were sent back into the dressing room, following the rowdy behaviour from Sri Lankan supporters, who resorted to throwing bottles into the field of play.
Security forces were called to clear the spectators from some of the sections in the gallery before the match resumed. The scenes were reminiscent of 1996 World Cup semifinals at the Eden Gardens where India had to forfeit the match against Sri Lanka following crowd trouble.
Rohit Sharma was batting on 122 and Dhoni on 61 when play was halted. However, it was Dhoni who brought the world to a standstill after he opted for a power nap during those tense moments. On a lighter note, Dhoni was seen taking a nap on the field as the umpires worked towards resuming the action.
Me in the morning: Bass 5 minute aur.. pic.twitter.com/E0N4fNSryX— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) August 27, 2017
Sunil Shetty teaching Dhoni about..— Comical लोचा ® 👿 (@Comical_Locha) August 27, 2017
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Down to earth and still so high.— Trust me. (@iam_nobodyy) August 27, 2017
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When you've been successfully carrying the international team for 13 years and people still ask for your retirement : pic.twitter.com/z4VCYyTyEJ— Manya (@CSKian716) August 27, 2017