The World Cup-winning swashbuckler, on a sabbatical from cricket for the previous one yr, turned 39 on Tuesday.
His supervisor and childhood buddy Mihir Diwakar, whereas talking to PTI, gave a peek into the trailblazer’s reclusive life at his residence in Ranchi.
“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,” Diwakar said.
“He has stopped brand endorsements and has said that till life comes to normal, he won’t do any commercial activity,” Diwakar, who runs the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy below the identify of Aarka Sports, added.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was anticipated to be again in motion on the IPL however that has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He was not too long ago seen driving a tractor through the lockdown. Diwakar said they’re quickly going to launch their natural fertiliser below their firm’s identify Neo Global. He said the fertiliser is being examined at Dhoni’s farm.
Dhoni not too long ago spoke in regards to the dangerous affect of pesticides in a video to promote 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,” Diwakar said.
“I spoke to him past midnight. It was a normal business talk. As usual, Dhoni would be at home with his family, with a quiet birthday celebration.”
‘He is just not all enthusiastic about retirement’
Asked whether or not retirement has crossed Dhoni’s thoughts, Diwakar said: “Being friends, we don’t talk about his cricket. But looking at him, he’s not 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,” he 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 normalcy,” he concluded.