Following India’s victory over West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on 30th June 2017, the former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who scored 78 not out, was asked by a journalist about how he is getting better with age. Dhoni replied, “It’s like wine”.
Dhoni was born in 1981, which was a reasonable vintage for red Bordeaux, red Burgundy, Alsace, and the Loire Valley. Dhoni’s former teammate Sachin Tendulkar – arguably the greatest of all international batsmen – is known to enjoy good food and wine.
The parallels between cricket and wine are many and varied.