Former Indian Skipper MS Dhoni, famous for his helicopter shots and other powerful hits, is known for his quick reflexes on the cricket field. But he plays other sports also with equal passion.
When a throwback video was posted by his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Dhoni’s passion became the center of attraction. Shot on March 2019, it shows Dhoni playing a table tennis match with his IPL teammate Dwayne Bravo. After playing a couple of shots, he pulled off a backhanded smash, leaving Dwayne Bravo shell- shocked. On YouTube, CSK posted the full clip.
“Back in March 2019, when #Thala, #Champion, and #SirJaddu were all utterly dapperly attired for a Deepavali collection shoot, they decided to conquer other sports! (Full video link in bio and stories) #WhistlePodu #HappyDeepavali,” CSK wrote on Instagram.
Here is the full video:
Surprised by Dhoni’s quick use of hands which earned him a point, Bravo said, “I’m going for rally, man”. To which the 38-year-old wicket-keeper-batsman, replied: “I don’t do rally”. After hearing this, Bravo cheekily inquired, “You go for the kill, huh?”
In the video, the two CSK players can also be seen playing a long rally. In the same video, another CSK all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is seen trying his hands at billiards.
Against Bangladesh, for Twenty20 internationals (T20Is) squad of three-match series, Dhoni was not picked in the Indian team. Team India chief selector MSK Prasad, reacting to Dhoni’s exclusion from India’s T20I squad, said that they are “moving on” and are looking at “younger options after the World Cup”. He said the selection committee has been “very clear” about this, ever since the multi-nation tournament ended in July.