Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh/New Delhi, September 20
Enigmatic cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday returned to aggressive motion after 437 days—a interval that appeared an eternity to his followers—with an uncommon beard that might be one thing between a goatee and full-grown one, and a brand new coiffure. He seemed somewhat heavier, however his wicket-keeping was spot-on as he grabbed two catches and did not concede a single bye in Mumbai Indians’ 162/9 within the IPL opener in opposition to Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi.
And when the TV ran commercials between the overs, 39-year-old Dhoni made his presence felt in that house too. He gave the impression to be showing in each second commercial, for various merchandise and in several seems to be—from endorsing mutual funds to a fantasy sports activities app.
Seeing their favorite cricketer in an all-new avatar received Dhoni followers speaking. Many others drew parallels between him and Tamil actor Suriya who rocked an identical look in 2013’s Singam 2.
Dhoni again with beard look 👌 pic.twitter.com/M4inQcIHwW
— Tej (@Annaya413) September 19, 2020
— Abhilasha Singh (@AbhilashaS76) September 20, 2020
— Suriya Fans Members ™ (@SuriyaFCMembers) September 19, 2020
— 🇮🇳Er.HIMANSU BISWAL🇮🇳 (@himansubiswal13) September 19, 2020
Dhoni’s Beard Look 🔥😎 pic.twitter.com/5k2jLYWSIZ
— Being-Deepak (@MegastarFan2712) September 19, 2020
Meanwhile, Dhoni’s final aggressive match was final 12 months’s World Cup semi-final in opposition to New Zealand on July 9, and since then he has indulged in quite a lot of actions, whilst hypothesis raged whether or not or not he could be picked for India once more. Despite then nationwide choice committee chairman MSK Prasad clarifying a couple of occasions that his panel was “looking ahead” and never ‘backwards’ (learn Dhoni) vis-Ã -vis the India wicket-keeper’s slot, all types of hypothesis continued.
However, Dhoni appeared unperturbed by the tittle-tattle and saved posting photographs and movies of his extracurricular actions. From posting a video of his cute little daughter Ziva enjoying guitar on a snow-capped hill on Instagram to commenting on Rafale plane on Twitter after they have been inducted into the Indian Air Force this month.
Just for the uninitiated, Dhoni was given the honorary rank of a Lieutenant Colonel with the Indian Territorial Army in 2011, and he joined the 106 Territorial Army Battalion (Para) in Jammu and Kashmir in July final 12 months whereas the Indian staff toured the West Indies with out him.
During his hiatus that ignited never-ending gossip and hearsay, Dhoni introduced a brand-new tractor and indulged in organised farming in his residence city Ranchi, sporting a rugged look and a beard dyed jet-black.
Then, on August 15, when India celebrated its Independence Day, Dhoni liberated himself as he introduced retirement from cricket—barring the IPL—and broke a billion hearts within the midst of Corona-enforced lockdown.
On Saturday, when he took the sphere for the CSK in Abu Dhabi, he was 39 years and 37 days. Will he play the 2021 IPL too? With Dhoni, you’ll be able to by no means say by no means.— With IANS