Former India national selector, late VB Chandrasekhar was in the selection panel when MS Dhoni was picked for the first time in 2004. He saw Dhoni from his very beginning of his international career and his admiration for him only increased.
But their first meeting wasn't a good one. Chandrasekhar was in stress over Dhoni not turning up on time before an India A match.
India A had no wicket-keeper, and Dhoni was picked to play against Pakistan. He was supposed to come a day before the match, but he didn't.
Tensed and frustrated, Chandrasekhar tried to contact everyone he knew, and no one had an idea where the Jharkhand cricketer is.
"I first met Dhoni at Hyderabad when I was a selector. There was no wicket-keeper for India A encounter against Pakistan. It was a late night, and this guy (Dhoni) had not turned up till then for the match which was scheduled to happen tomorrow morning. I tried calling some people, but none of them knew about Dhoni's whereabouts," he said in an interview with Behindwoods.
But Dhoni didn't miss out on the opportunity and came to his room around 11 pm. "Then there was a knock on my door at around 11 pm, and I thought it was a waiter and there was this guy with long hair standing in front of me. Since I haven't met Dhoni before not even seen a photo of him, I did not know who the guy was. He gave a pleasant smile and introduced himself as MS Dhoni. He told in a very cool tone. I was like dude its 11 pm, and Dhoni was like I here (he's made it like that's all matters). From there he went on to grow every single day," he added. Chandrasekhar also went on to pick Dhoni for Chennai Super Kings in 2008 and rest is history.
The 57-year-old passed away on Thursday. Police confirmed it was a suicide and family went on to reveal the reasons why he would have done this. Chandrasekhar was under financial burden after incurring a loss. He owned a team in Tamil Nadu Premier League, VB Kanchi Veerans.