2011 World Cup 10th Anniversary: Team manager reveals big secret, why did MS Dhoni shaved his head?

2011 World Cup 10th Anniversary – Why and how MS Dhoni shaved head after winning the World Cup? India’s team manager during…

2011 World Cup 10th Anniversary - Why and how MS Dhoni shaved head after winning the World Cup? India's team manager spills the beans
2011 World Cup 10th Anniversary - Why and how MS Dhoni shaved head after winning the World Cup? India's team manager spills the beans

2011 World Cup 10th Anniversary – Why and how MS Dhoni shaved head after winning the World Cup? India’s team manager during the 2011 World Cup triumph has spilled the beans on one of the big secrets of ICC World Cup – secret about why and when did MS Dhoni shaved his head after winning the tournament?

2011 World Cup 10th Anniversary: Waking up to see MS Dhoni’s shaved head biggest surprise of 2011 WC journey for us: Manager Ranjib Biswal

While everyone talks about how it was the ultimate gift for legend Sachin Tendulkar and how all of India had partied the night away, for then team manager Ranjib Biswal, it was the next morning that would remain etched in his mind forever. Speaking to ANI, Biswal says while the boys partied till around 4:30 am, what came as the biggest surprise was when skipper Dhoni walked in next morning with a shaved head. The former team manager says it shall remain the biggest surprise of the 2011 World Cup journey.

“We literally had no idea what was awaiting us the morning after the final. We had celebrated till late in the dressing room after the win and then came back to the team hotel and continued celebrating till around 4:30 in the morning. After that, we retired to our rooms. And what do we see when we wake up? Dhoni has shaved off his head after returning to his room. It was indeed a moment that will stay with us forever.

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2011 World Cup 10th Anniversary: When asked why and when did Dhoni shaved off his head?

We had no clue,” he revealed.

Asked if Dhoni had retired to his room earlier than the rest, Biswal said: “Not at all. He was there with all of us and left only when the celebrations ended. And then he goes to his room and shaves off his head. He did not tell anyone about his plans. That is Dhoni for you. He keeps his emotions close to his heart and doesn’t express much.”

The night when we were celebrating our World Cup triumph in 2011, MS Dhoni suddenly went to his room and came back like ‘shakaal’ (a popular villainous character from the movie Shaan). He didn’t go to any barber to shave off his head. I still don’t know why he did it,” a curious Harbhajan added.

2011 World Cup 10th Anniversary – Why and how MS Dhoni shaved head after winning the World Cup?

“I guess he had taken some pledge, dont know the exact thing”, said Biswal

While it was a brilliant performance in the final to chase down 275 against Sri Lanka, the biggest match had to be the high-octane semi-final clash against Pakistan in Mohali. And Biswal agrees that it was indeed a pressure-cooker scenario, especially with fans and dignitaries from across the border in the stadium to watch the game.

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2011 WC – “An India-Pakistan clash, over that a World Cup encounter and even above that, it was the semi-final of the World Cup. Let us not even get started on the fact that dignitaries and fans from across the border were present in the stadium to watch the game. But as it is with MS and also then-coach Gary Kirsten, they didn’t let the pressure show in their behaviour. I think that helped calm the nerves of the others around. As for me, it was about making sure that the cricketers were focused solely on the game and everything else was taken care of,” he smiled.

Talking of his role, were there calls made for match tickets as also interviews with the players? Biswal says there wasn’t any such episode which went out of hand. “Well, you do realise India was playing at home and there were requests for passes. But there wasn’t any such demand which was uncontrollable. As for the media, I must tell you that they were as much understanding of the situation as you can expect them to.

2011 WC – “Yes, there were requests for interviews, but the media personnel also understood that playing and winning matches was the primary focus. We did have media activities and sessions and it was all manageable. To be honest, it still gives me goosebumps to think of the whole stadium singing Vande Mataram as Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh took India home at the Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011,” he signed off..

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