When Captain Marvellous signals that he is no longer playing the field but is about to enter into a long-term partnership with his girlfriend, what do we expect? That the groom will gallop to the venue on an Arabian steed with the baraat in the formation of a cricket bat, the festivities to be held at Wankhede stadium, Sir Vivian Richards will give away the bride and the flowers will come from the late Sir Donald Bradman’s private garden? Of course, all that and much more.
But the now lock-less Dhoni had to go and spoil it all for us by stepping into the matrimonial pavilion in a low-key affair, away from our covetous eyes with few celebrity guests. In fact, we’d hardly have known much except for the tweets from the pneumatic Bipasha Basu whose muscle-bound boyfriend was a star attraction at the Dhoni do. In case any Poirot-like reporter was going to track down the remains of the wedding, the next day was a Bharat bandh. Smart timing, Dhoni, almost better than that on the pitch. Why could he not have been like other celebrities and let it all hang out? Take, for example, the Sania-Shoaib wedding. From certain stained garments to Shoaib’s mangled tweets in what we presume was the English language, the pair left no tome unturned in telling us all the details of their love.
Now, that’s more like it. In a day and age, when public relations firms are hired to give us an intimate look at things, we think it a bit unfair that Dhoni chose to keep it private and, heaven forbid, in good taste. We hope that he will see the error of his ways and perhaps sell some cosy pictures to the highest bidder. Come on, we have some standards to maintain, even if they be a bit low. As of now, we are Mahi disappointed.