IPL 2020: CSK’s MS Dhoni extends wishes to IAF for inducting Rafale jets

Chennai Super King’s skipper MS Dhoni hailed the formal induction of the first batch of five Rafale multirole fighter jets into the Indian Air Force in Ambala air base in Haryana on Thursday and the event saw the whole nation glow with pride.

Former Team India skipper MS Dhoni took to twitter to extend wishes to IAF as he wrote, ” With the Final Induction Ceremony the world’s best combat proven 4.5Gen fighter plane gets the world’s best fighter pilots. In the hands of our pilots and the mix of different aircrafts with the IAF the potent bird’s lethality will only increase.”

Dhoni, who is the captain of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, also said that he hopes Rafale “beats the service record of the Mirage 2000.”

“Wishing The Glorious 17 Squadron(Golden Arrows) all the very best and for all of us hope the Rafale beats the service record of the Mirage 2000 but Su30MKI remains my fav and the boys get new target to dogfight with and wait for BVR engagement till their upgrade to Super Sukhoi,” Dhoni tweeted.

Water cannon salute was given to the five Rafale aircraft at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base, Ambala during the induction ceremony on Thursday.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly also witnessed the traditional ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’ at the Rafale induction ceremony.

Noticeably, the first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to buy 36 jets for ₹ 59,000 crore. 

Talking about Dhoni then the wicketkeeper-batsman will return to the pitch on September 19 when his team CSK lock horns with arch rivals and defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opening game of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League which will take place in UAE.