Mahendra Singh Dhoni is training at his own, quietly and away from others for a long season in England.’
The best in the business prepare quietly for tougher battles and Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no exception as he went through a rigorous net session at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, far from public gaze, ahead of England tour.
Legends at the business end of their careers prepare and follow a customised blueprint to increase their longevity.
Sachin Tendulkar during his last few years in international cricket would train all by himself at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai and Dhoni’s training session at NCA today looked similar, reports PTI.
Dhoni at the NCA faced hundreds of deliveries with 70 per cent being throw-downs. He had taken the YoYo test on June 15 with other limited overs specialist and then decided to stay back.
On what would have been the fifth day of the Afghanistan Test match (had it not finished in two days), Dhoni walked inside the National Cricket Academy nets with team’s throw-down expert Raghu and speedster Shardul Thakur in tow. The next two and half hours was an intense session with Dhoni facing Raghu’s customary throw-downs from 18 yards and Thakur’s deliveries in between.
It was two hours at a stretch and after a short break, he again resumed batting and this time Siddarth Kaul also joined the session. There weren’t too many people around to watch and experience a Dhoni net session.
Raghu started with usual length deliveries as he warmed up with usual knocking. Slowly the pace increased and the veteran was peppered with short balls which reared from the back of the length. He gingerly defended a few, confidently brought a few down and even swayed out of the line in case of a few.
However, the moment there was some width, Dhoni would slash it over point.
Once the session was over, he found out a couple of scribes watching his session. “Bhanak laag gaya (So you got the whiff that I am here),” he smiled at one of them as he disappeared inside the confines of NCA dressing room.