Sudden fame: Dhoni hits Pinetown woman for a six — literally

2012-10-24 00:00

THE last thing a Pinetown resident expected when she attended a Champions League T20 match at Kingsmead on Monday was to be hit for a six by Chennai Super Kings star player Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

As a marketing manager for Sanlam in KwaZulu-Natal, Helet Byron would normally relish publicity, but not when she was the one caught on camera in excruciating pain.

Byron was the hapless fan who was struck by the ball that Dhoni smashed for a six in the final over of the match against Yorkshire. The cameras followed the ball’s trajectory into the Kingsmead crowd and zoomed in on Byron.

She was oblivious to the fact that the ball was coming straight at her and was caught on camera the moment it struck her hard.

In great pain Byron was attended to by paramedics.

She told The Witness she received a frenzy of e-mails and messages from concerned friends yesterday.

Byron said: “One of my friends told me that I was on SkyNews … I was so embarrassed, because it wasn’t my ‘best’ TV moment …

“I was seated and the gentleman next to me made a comment about Dhoni. I turned to him to respond and heard the crowd around me cheering loudly. I didn’t even see the ball coming. All I felt was an excruciating pain in my knee cap.”

She passed out for a few seconds from the pain.

“I at least wanted an apology from Dhoni after all the pain I went through. I didn’t even get the ball which hit me. I’m not angry with him, I’d just love to shake his hand,” she said.

Laughing off the incident, Byron returned to work yesterday.

“People say that I’m a typical woman, not keeping my eyes on the game, but women like to have a chat during the game.

“I haven’t heard too many jokes as yet, but I foresee them coming,” she added.

She limped away from the incident with a bruise the size of a cricket ball on her knee.

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