Playful Dhoni has some fun before obliging the fan

Playful Dhoni has some fun before obliging the fan

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: India's MS Dhoni runs away from a pitch-invader during the second ODI against Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. PTI

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is among the fastest runners between the wickets in international cricket. On Tuesday, the pace came in handy as he tried to dodge a fan, who breached security in pursuit of a hug from the charismatic former captain.

Dhoni did embrace the man but only after making him run for it.

The 37-year-old was walking to take position behind the stumps moments before India began their defence of 250 against Australia in the second ODI here.

At that moment, a fan broke through the security to run on to the field, wanting a hug from the World Cup-winning skipper.

A grinning Dhoni quite literally played hard to get while the rest of the Indian team enjoyed the light moment.

The man, clad in a white T-shirt, ran after his idol, who relented for few seconds before agreeing to embrace him.

The fan also touched Dhoni's feet before he was escorted out by a Vidarbha Cricket Association volunteer and a few security personnel.