Former Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday returned to competitive action after 437 days — a period that seemed an eternity to his fans. With an unusual beard that would be something between a goatee and full-grown one, and a new hairstyle. But his wicket-keeping was spot-on as he grabbed two catches and didn’t concede a single bye in Mumbai Indians’ 162/9 in the IPL opener against Chennai Super Kings.
It must be mentioned that seeing their favorite cricketer in an all-new avatar got Dhoni fans talking. Many others drew parallels between him and Tamil actor Suriya who rocked a similar look in 2013’s Singam 2.
Check out some of the funniest Twitter reactions here:
"Thala's debuts his Durai Singam look 🧔" https://t.co/Q5U96ZPogT
— Pradeepta Virlley (@PVirlley) September 19, 2020
— விஜய்குமார் (@VijayKumar_SMK) September 19, 2020
hmm dhoni is looking fit.. looks like singam moustache
— i (@xMselva) September 19, 2020
Look our precious Dhoni is so happy😊 pic.twitter.com/d6lZJ2OTSu
— Jelly⁷ Life goes on, let's live on🥺💜 (@JustOT7Day) September 19, 2020
Dhoni's Beard Look 🔥😎 pic.twitter.com/5k2jLYWSIZ
— Being Deepak (@MegastarFan2712) September 19, 2020
— 🇮🇳Er.HIMANSU BISWAL🇮🇳 (@himansubiswal13) September 19, 2020
— Suriya Fans Members ™ (@SuriyaFCMembers) September 19, 2020
Dhoni back with beard look 👌 pic.twitter.com/M4inQcIHwW
— Tej (@Annaya413) September 19, 2020
— Abhilasha Singh (@AbhilashaS76) September 20, 2020
On the career front, Dhoni’s last competitive match was last year’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on July 9, and since then he has indulged in a variety of activities, even as speculation raged whether or not he would be picked for India again.
Despite then national selection committee chairman MSK Prasad clarifying a few times that his panel was “looking ahead” and not ‘backwards’ (read Dhoni) vis-ï¿½-vis the India wicket-keeper’s slot, all kinds of speculation continued.
From posting a video of his cute little daughter Ziva playing guitar on a snow-capped hill on Instagram to commenting on Rafale aircraft on Twitter when they were inducted into the Indian Air Force this month.