In this age of instant communication, it seems the best way to connect with MS Dhoni is to be on the cricket field with him. Dhoni may be a pin-up for a lot of things but mobile telephony, apparently, isn’t quite his thing.
“He has a mobile phone but isn’t known for carrying it,” Sanjiv Goenka, owner of the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise which Dhoni will lead in IPL 9, told HT. “He may not see it for five days.”
So, how are they going to keep in touch, given that the owner is in Kolkata and the team is based in Pune when it isn’t on the road? Goenka said he doesn’t need to. “What is it about cricket that I am going to tell him and (coach Stephen) Fleming anyway,” he said. “Both know where they can reach me 24x7.”
Just in case the owner needs to reach his captain, an appointed hour is being worked out. “We have to set up a system. Dhoni has told me he’ll make sure his phone is with him at that time,” said Goenka, who bid for Pune, among other things, to get a “first crack” at the India skipper.
The one time, Goenka said, Dhoni did have his phone was during the players’ auction last February. He constantly exchanged texts with my team, said Goenka.
So the message here perhaps is this --- the world’s richest cricketer, whose endorsements last year were worth $27 million (Rs 179.6 crore) according to Forbes, will contact you should the need arise.
There is far too much demand on his time for it to be otherwise.