WATCH: MS Dhoni takes part in tennis tournament in Ranchi, wins first match comfortably
MS Dhoni playing tennis in Ranchi. | Photo – Video grab |
- MS Dhoni was spotted playing tennis at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi
- MS Dhoni won the first match comfortably in the doubles category of the local tournament
- MS Dhoni has not played for the Indian cricket team since conclusion of World Cup 2019
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni has been keeping himself busy by trying his hands at different sports as he remains on an extended sabbatical from cricket. Dhoni has not played for India since the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup where the Men in Blue suffered a heartbreaking exit from the semi-final against New Zealand to bow out of the tournament. The veteran wicket-keeper batsman was recently spotted playing tennis in his hometown Ranchi where he took part in a local tournament and won the first game in the men’s doubles category.
An ace of many sports, Dhoni never shies away from showcasing his skills in games like football, tennis and badminton. He was spotted playing volleyball with the soldiers of his regiment during his stint with the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir, earlier this year. The former Indian captain had spent 15 days with the Army in the valley during which he served on guard and patrolling duties.
He then left for the US where he took part in an amateur golf tournament before returning to his home town Ranchi. A video of Dhoni taking part in the Country Cricket Club Tennis Championship at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi has gone viral on social media. In the first game of the tournament, Dhoni and his partner Sumeet Kumar Bajaj defeated their opponents in straight sets.
The 38-year-old was last spotted in the Indian dressing room after the conclusion of the third Test between the hosts and South Africa at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi last month. It was his first appearance in the Indian dressing room since the conclusion of 2019 World Cup as he was spotted having a chat with his teammates.
Dhoni was not selected in the T20I side for the ongoing series against Bangladesh with the selectors making it clear that they are looking beyond the veteran in the limited-overs format and will be giving opportunities to youngsters like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson – both of whom are currently part of the T20I squad.