Memorable flight with Dhoni from Mumbai to Ranchi

Updated: Apr 04, 2011, 15:59 PM IST

Ranchi: With accolades pouring in from all quarters for steering India to a momentous victory in the World Cup, India Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still remembered by his old friends in his hometown for his innate simplicity.

The most heartening moment for a hotel-owner, Sarajit Singh Situ, was the Mumbai to Ranchi flight about eight months ago when he was overwhelmed by Team India Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s gesture by travelling with him in economy class.

After admitting his cancer-afflicted wife in a Mumbai hospital, Situ was lost in his thoughts sitting alone in the last row of seats on the flight when his spirits lighted up at the sight of Dhoni.

"I was sitting alone with my thoughts inside the plane and to think positive I was recollecting the moments which I had spent with Dhoni as a cricketer when he walked into the executive class of the same plane.”

"Already being encircled by admirers, I went and wished him. He enquired after my seat. After the plane took off, he came and sat beside me and we discussed several topics till we reached Ranchi," Situ, who along with Dhoni had played local tournaments in Ranchi for Youth Sporting, told reporters.

Congratulating Dhoni for his excellent performance that propelled Team India to a second World Cup triumph, Situ said "Everyone should emulate Dhoni`s simplicity, who even now doesn`t forget his close friends."

"The last time we embraced each other was when he along with Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto came to see players in action at the National Games in Khelgaon in February this year," Situ, who owns a hotel in the state capital, said.