Lets look at 5 cricketers who received serious threats during or after their International careers and had to ask for personal security.
In 2017, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly received a death threat in the form of a letter at his residence in Kolkata in which the offender had warned Dada to not attend a local college-level event.
Eventually, police were able to track down the culprit who had sent the anonymous letter, a newspaper vendor named Nirmalya Samanta, who showed repentance under the custody of the law.
Shortly after MS Dhoni’s team famously lifted the 2011 World Cup in Mumbai, the then-skipper of the team received threatened dispatched by Maoists who had seen their leader Koteshwar Roa get killed back then. The middle-order batsman was in his Ranchi home with wife Sakshi and the police were ordered to beef up their security.
“We are not taking any chances. There are inputs of threats to Dhoni from the Maoists and terrorist groups. Based on the input we are taking appropriate measures to beef up the security of Dhoni,”
a police official had told the Indo-Asian News Service.
In 2019, shortly after former Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir joined politics and became a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he started receiving death threats on his phone through an international number.
According to the former opener, the culprit threatened to kill him and his family. Gambhir reached out to the Shahdara DCP to seek personal security and to register an FIR against the caller.
Indian fast bowler and one of the crucial members of the current Men in Blue setup, Mohammed Shami went through a horrible year in 2018 as he was charged with domestic violence, attempted murder and extra-marital affairs by his own wife.
According to sources, Shami had requested for a gunman for his personal security after he claimed that he was receiving death threats from his wife, Hasin Jahan.
Four years before Dhoni was threatened by the Maoists following the death of their leader, yet another letter, this time, hand-written, spoke about ending the lives of the Ranchi-cricketer and that of Rahul Dravid.
However, a CPI-Maoist spokesperson said that no such threats were sent by them to the Indian cricketers and that the Chhattisgarh police were trying to defame them.5 Times Cricketers Had to Go Into Hiding After Receiving Serious Threats