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Media made us feel like a murderer, terrorist after 2007 World Cup: MS Dhoni

Dhoni recalls angry reception after 2007 World Cup debacle ahead of Biopic Release

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Speaking in New York on Thursday (September 15) ahead of the release of his biopic 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story', Dhoni revealed that the reaction post the debacle made him a 'better cricketer' and a 'better human being'.

"When we landed in Delhi, there was a lot of media," Dhoni recalled. "At times, people feel that we are not emotional enough about it. But I always felt, as sports persons, you have to be strong enough to go through everything and it has to be within yourself."

"At that point of time, when we landed, we had to get out in a police van. I was sitting next to Viru (Virender Sehwag) paaji. It was evening or night time. We were travelling at a decent speed - 60 or 70 kms - and that's quite a bit for India, that too on the narrow roads. And, you know, media cars around us with their cameras and the big lights on top, it felt as if we had committed a big crime, maybe like a murderer or terrorist or something.
"We were actually chased by them. After a while, we entered a police station. We went there, we sat for a while and then we left in our cars after 15-20 minutes. That actually had a big impact on me and I channelised the aggression to become a better cricketer and a better human being."

Dhoni admitted that he had some reservations early on about the movie but then ensured that it didn't 'glorify' him. "I was a bit worried initially when the whole concept of the movie came in," he said. "But once we were in, I was not really worried, the reason being I was just narrating my story. I was just telling Neeraj (the director) that this is what happened.

"It is a very simple story and that is the beauty of it. One thing I told Neeraj was, this story should not be to glorify me. It is about the journey of a professional sports person and that's what it should be about.

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