Dhoni says no to endorsements, retains busy with farming

Kolkata, July 7

Never the one to stroll the crushed path, former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has determined to not do any business endorsements amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is as an alternative busy with natural farming, gearing as much as launch his personal model of environment-friendly fertilisers quickly.

The World Cup-winning swashbuckler, on a sabbatical from cricket for the previous one yr, turned 39 on Tuesday.

His supervisor and childhood pal Mihir Diwakar, whereas chatting with PTI, gave a peek into the trailblazer’s reclusive life at his residence in Ranchi.

“Patriotism is in his blood, be it serving the country (in defence) or (farming) the land, he’s very passionate about it. He has about 40-50 acres of farm land and he is busy growing organic crops like papaya and banana there,” stated Diwakar.

“He has stopped brand endorsements and has said till life comes to normal, he won’t do any commercial activity,” added Diwakar, who runs the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy underneath the identify of Aarka Sports.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was anticipated to be again in motion on the IPL however that has been postponed indefinitely on account of COVID-19 pandemic.

Dhoni was not too long ago seen driving a tractor throughout the lockdown, and Diwakar stated they had been quickly going to launch an natural fertiliser underneath their firm’s identify Neo Global. He stated the fertiliser was being examined at Dhoni’s farm.

Dhoni not too long ago spoke concerning the dangerous impression of pesticides in a video to advertise natural farming.

“We have a team of experts and scientists and they have developed the fertiliser and it should be launched within two-three months,” stated Diwakar.

Asked whether or not he wished Dhoni on his birthday, Diwakar stated, “I spoke to him last midnight. It was a normal talk. As usual, Dhoni would be at home with his family, with a quiet birthday celebration.”

Asked whether or not retirement has crossed Dhoni’s thoughts, Diwakar stated, “Being friends, we don’t talk about his cricket. But looking at him, he’s not at all thinking about retirement.”

“He is very determined to play the IPL. He has worked really hard for this. If you remember he was there in Chennai one month in advance before everything was shut down,” Diwakar identified.

“He has maintained his fitness regimen at his farmhouse and will start practice after the lockdown is lifted. Everything now depends on how fast the situation returns to normal,” he concluded. PTI

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