KOLKATA: Mahendra Singh Dhoni took time out from his cricketing activities to visit the newly-inaugurated shooting range at the Police Training School at Alipore on Tuesday. Dhoni, who was conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by Territorial Army in 2011, wowed officers with his marksmanship, hitting the target with 80 per cent accuracy.
Dhoni spent over an hour at the shooting range where he interacted with the cops and their family members. He also addressed trainee cadets.
Sources told TOI that Dhoni spoke to the cadets about the importance of training. “Do remember that the training will remain with you for the rest of your life. You might not see each other once the training is over and get your respective postings, but the hours spent here will help you become the person you aspire to be,” he was quoted as saying.
On being asked who is role model was, Dhoni said his only role model while growing up was Sachin Tendulkar. “I wanted to follow in his footsteps,”said Dhoni.
RECOMMENDED FOR PADMA BHUSHAN
Mumbai: The BCCI has nominated MS Dhoni for the Padma Bhushan, the na tion’s third highest civilian award.
“Yes, we have recommended Dhoni’s name for the Padma Bhushan,” BCCI acting president CK Khanna said on Wednesday.
Former captains Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and Chandu Borde have received the award earlier.
Dhoni, who made his international debut in 2004, is the most successful captain for the Indian cricket team. He has led the team to two World Cup titles -the World Twenty20 in 2007 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011.
Under the 36-year-old’s captaincy, India also won the 2013 Champions Trophy besides becoming the top ranked team in Test cricket.