There’s a cause why MS Dhoni is arguably probably the most cherished Indian cricketer, ever, one that would make even among the greats of this nation, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly or Sunil Gavaskar envy, albeit with a smile. The reason being not simply restricted to his talents on the sector or the information he achieved all through his illustrious profession. Dhoni is revered off the sector in addition to he impressed the youth of the nation to affix the Indian Military and serve the nation, an choice that the veteran cricketer would possibly himself pursue, this time for an extended stint, now that he has introduced his worldwide retirement.
Similar to his love and dedication for the sport, Dhoni has a permanent relationship with the Indian military, one which goes again to 2011, the 12 months he despatched that iconic six into the gang sending complete Wankhede right into a frenzy as India ended their 28-year-long look forward to a second World Cup trophy. Lieutenant Basic Vinod Bhatia, who can also be a former DGMO and Colonel Para Regiment, had inducted Dhoni within the Indian Military as a constructive model ambassador, quickly after the historic World Cup win on residence soil. 4 years later, he was awarded the honorary rank within the Indian Territorial Military and the next 12 months grew to become an official paratrooper having accomplished its respective coaching within the Indian Military’s Agra coaching camp.
And Dhoni being Dhoni, he by no means forgets to indicate the admiration and respect he has for the Indian Military. Ardent followers of the 38-year-old would possibly even have previous photos of Dhoni donning camouflage gloves throughout worldwide video games or carrying comparable designed cricket-kit bag throughout observe classes. His newest act of tribute, one nonetheless recent in our reminiscences contains Dhoni handing camouflage caps to his teammates forward of an ODI recreation in Ranchi final 12 months which was as a mark of respect for the CRPF personnel who misplaced their lives within the Pulwama terrorist assault. The workforce had later donated their match charges to the Nationwide Defence Fund. One other instance, a fairly notorious one, was the gloves he wore throughout India’s World Cup opening recreation final summer season in England which had the image of the military’s dagger insignia. Dhoni needed to later take away it for the second recreation because it being towards ICC’s guidelines and rules.
However Dhoni’s newest act of tribute was arguably his retirement put up – “Thanks quite a bit for ur love and help all through.from 1929 hrs take into account me as Retired.” Did you handle to spot it? “1929 hrs” is technically a navy timing format.
However Dhoni’s reverence for the Indian Military comes from his childhood aspiration of changing into a soldier. In actual fact, again in 2013, Dhoni had admitted throughout an interview with a information channel saying, “Since childhood, I needed to affix the Military. Seeing the troopers, I assumed that sooner or later I will be the identical. The uniform is one thing particular. Possibly that is all in uniform, that I used to be not afraid.”
Most likely this could possibly be the very cause why Dhoni sneaks off to the troopers camp at any time when he will get time without work his cricketing duties. Final 12 months, after the heartbreaking World Cup exit, Dhoni had taken a sabbatical from worldwide cricket throughout which he served the Indian Military’s Parachute Regiment from July 31 to August 15 within the ahead areas in Kashmir Valley. Throughout his temporary stint, Dhoni carried out the duties of patrolling, guard, and stayed with the troops within the camps. He was additionally skilled as a paratrooper and practiced taking pictures.
With Dhoni now having retired from worldwide cricket, and IPL 2020 being the one cricketing duty at hand, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman would possibly intention for an additional stint with the Indian Military, however most likely for an extended one. Even his enterprise associate Arun Pandey had talked on comparable traces final week after the massive announcement. He mentioned, “One factor is for certain, he can be spending extra time with the Military.”
With inputs from Manish Prasad (Sr. Editor, Defence)
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