Skipper Dhoni and Team Director Shastri face tough security measures while leaving Adelaide
Adelaide: They may enjoy superstar status back home, but in matters of aviation security, not even World Champions India are given any leeway.
The Indian team stands in a queue for their security check before boarding a flight to Melbourne at Adelaide airport yesterday
At Adelaide airport yesterday, hours after beating Pakistan by 76 runs in their ICC World Cup opener at the Adelaide Oval, mid-day spotted Team India going through the mandatory security check just like normal passengers before boarding their 10:30am Qantas flight to Melbourne for Sunday's second World Cup fixture against South Africa.
MSD leads the way
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, leading the way here too, was among the first to take off his personal belongings, put it in a tray to pass through the electronic scanner and walked through the metal-detecting door frame.
Dhoni removes his shoes to place them in the tray after being sent back by the security officer. Pics/Ashwin Ferro
But just as he stepped through, the alarm went off and he was promptly stopped by the security officer and sent back to repeat the exercise after emptying his trouser pockets. The skipper complied and moved through the detectors a second time, but was sent back again by the officer.
This time his metal buckle-bearing leather shoes set off the alarm bells. An unfazed Dhoni, smiled, turned around, removed his shoes, placed them in the tray and moved on, without being obstructed this time.
India Team Director Ravi Shastri, wearing a hat and sunglasses, heads for the security check. Moments later, he had to remove his hat and take off his metal-framed sunglasses and walk through again
Right behind, Team Director Ravi Shastri also had to pass through the detectors twice. He had to remove his cowboy hat and the sunglasses atop his head, which were metal-framed.
Seeing this, the next man in queue, opener Shikhar Dhawan promptly began emptying his pockets cautiously, just like he started off against the Pakistan pace attack of Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Khan.
He then quickly whipped off his shoes, removed his sunglasses and breezed through the security check, again just like he had accelerated later on against the arch-rivals the previous day and went on to score a fine 76-ball 73. As soon as the team finished their security procedures, a large group of Indian fans welcomed them at the other end with chants of 'Indiaaaa, Indiaaaa'. Dhoni & Co's superstar status had returned.