Cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday returned to competitive action after 437 days — a period that seemed an eternity to his fans — with an unusual beard that would be something between a goatee and full-grown one, and a new hairstyle. But his wicket-keeping was spot-on as he grabbed two catches and didn’t concede a single bye in Mumbai Indians’ 162/9 in the IPL opener against Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi.
And when the TV ran commercials between the overs, 39-year-old Dhoni made his presence felt in that space too. He seemed to be appearing in every second advertisement, for different products and in different looks — from endorsing mutual funds to a fantasy sports app.
Seeing their favourite cricketer in an all-new avatar got Dhoni fans talking. Many others drew parallels between him and Tamil actor Suriya who rocked a similar look in 2013’s Singam 2.
Dhoni back with beard look 👌 pic.twitter.com/M4inQcIHwW
— Tej (@Annaya413) September 19, 2020
— Abhilasha Singh (@AbhilashaS76) September 20, 2020
— Suriya Fans Members ™ (@SuriyaFCMembers) September 19, 2020
— 🇮🇳Er.HIMANSU BISWAL🇮🇳 (@himansubiswal13) September 19, 2020
Dhoni's Beard Look 🔥😎 pic.twitter.com/5k2jLYWSIZ
— Being-Deepak (@MegastarFan2712) September 19, 2020
hmm dhoni is looking fit.. looks like singam moustache
— i (@xMselva) September 19, 2020
— VIJAY KUMAR (@VijayKu30971383) September 19, 2020
"Thala's debuts his Durai Singam look 🧔" https://t.co/Q5U96ZPogT
— Pradeepta Virlley (@PVirlley) September 19, 2020