On Sunday the 6th of November, on a glorious sunny day, India’s limited overs captain and cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni paid a visit to our club in San Fernando de Henares, Madrid, along with over 300 fans as part of a corporate event for a large Indian company.
To avoid unwanted attention, the visit was kept secret by the club committee until the morning of the event, when it was revealed to club members they would be playing cricket with none other than MS Dhoni.
At 9am Madrid CC started preparing the ground, laying out the pitch and stocking the bar. At 11:30 the coaches arrived bringing the guests to the ground where they patiently awaited Dhoni’s arrival. Kwik Cricket sets were brought out to entertain the families while drinks and snacks were served.
At 12:30 Dhoni arrived and played for around an hour, batting and bowling with both Madrid CC and the Indian visitors before signing autographs and chatting with enthusiastic fans. “
“It was a great experience for all involved and our heartfelt thanks to the man himself for coming to our humble cricket club.” said Jon Woodward, Madrid CC President. “We’ve moved heaven and earth in the last few days to stage this event, but meeting Dhoni and seeing the happiness on our guests’ faces has made it all worthwhile”.
Madrid CC is the major cricket club in central Spain, originally formed in 1975 and relaunched in 2001. After 15 years of playing all its league matches away from home, with long trips to the coast each weekend, Madrid CC now has a great venue in Madrid. During the forthcoming seasons, plans are in place to improve the facilities, building nets and extending its schools cricket program.