Former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni hasn’t played a recognised cricket match for a year now. Recently, one of his childhood friend and manager Mihir Diwakar revealed that Dhoni stopped the brand endorsement and he wouldn’t return to the commercial activity until the life backs to the normal.
10th July 2019 was the last day when MS Dhoni played his last recognised cricket match. On that day (reserve-day), India were playing against New Zealand in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Manchester.
Chasing down the 240 runs target, while the Indian batting faced massive trouble as they were struggling on 24/4 or 92/6, Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja batted incredibly well and brought back the team into the game.
While Jadeja scored 77 runs off 59 balls (4 fours and 4 sixes), wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni scored 50 runs off 72 balls (1 four and 1 six) before getting run out. However, their incredible fightings were not enough for the Indian team as they were bowled out for 221 runs (49.3 overs) and lost that game by 18 runs.
After that match, Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the national team selection. Soon after that tournament, Dhoni served for the Indian Territorial Army.
Patriotism is in his blood: Mihir Diwakar about MS Dhoni
Mihir Diwakar, who also runs Aarka Sports, MS Dhoni’s Cricket Academy, recently revealed that Dhoni is now busy in farming where he is growing organic crops like papaya, banana.
According to Times Now, Diwakar said, “Patriotism is in his blood, be it serving for the country (in defence) or (farming) the land, he’s very passionate about it. He has about 40-50 acres of farmland and he is busy growing organic crops like papaya, banana there.”
During that chat, Diwakar also opened up that Dhoni decided to not involve in the brand endorsements until the life backs to normal.
Diwakar added, “He has stopped brand endorsements and has said that till life comes to normal, he won’t do any commercial activity.”
MS Dhoni was planning to return to the game during the IPL 2020 as he was ready to lead again the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). While the IPL 2020 was originally scheduled from 29th March to 24th May 2020, the tournament was unfortunately postponed for the indefinite period due to the coronavirus pandemic.