God bless my child Mahi, he is the true son of India: ex-VP of Dhoni’s school

first_imgFormer vice president of MS Dhoni’s school, DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Ranchi, AK Singh has said he is not surprised by the India cricketer’s gesture when it came to showing respect to the national flag during the recently-concluded third T20I between India and New Zealand in Hamilton.Singh said patriotism was in Dhoni’s soul and the credit for the same should go to his mother, who was his first teacher.Singh’s comments came after Dhoni made sure the Indian tri-colour didn’t touch the ground even as a pitch invader, carrying the flag tried to touch the cricketer’s feet on Sunday.Dhoni snatched away the Indian flag from his fan’s hand, showing some quick reflexes that are often visible with his glovework. Dhoni’s gesture went viral on social media wherein the World Cup-winning former skipper was lauded.”Mahi had patriotism in his soul and I am sure he is not only a youth icon but he is an ambassador of patriotism. In a match, he swiftly showed the respect of 132 crores fellow countryman. His immediate refection should be an example for educating youth not only for job but most important duty towards mother Bharat Mata,” Singh was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.The former vice-president added: “God bless my child Mahi. The whole country is full of pride by his recent act In New Zealand.What a player! pic.twitter.com/0K6ew0Pbx1Abhishek Pandey (@abhishekpnd63) February 10, 2019″This is an important aspect of Mahi’s personality and patriotism… He had shown high discipline, dedicated attitude to any tasks as I am a witness of his journey of grooming and education at our school or our beautiful colony.advertisement”First credit should be given to his mother (Devaki Devi) as she is the first teacher. In JVM Shyamali there are different assemblies as it is a big school. Students sing the National Anthem at a distance of 400 or 300 meters. All students stand in attention while the National Anthem is played. The students never look at the ground but sing the Anthem and visualizing the love for the country and the tri colour.”Dhoni, who is at the twilight of his international career, is part of India’s 2019 World Cup plans. The 38-year-old wicketkeeper started the World Cup year on a high after being under the pump over poor form for the most part of 2018.Dhoni hit three successive fifties in Australia and helped India to a historic 2-1 ODI series win. He chipped in with some crucial knocks in New Zealand and was at his best with the gloves from behind the wickets.Expressing confidence at Dhoni’s ability to contribute for the Team India at the upcoming Cricket World Cup, India’s selection committee chairman, MSK Prasad said the wicketkeeper-batsman is back to batting the way he was known for during his heyday.”The way Mahi has played in the last couple of series, in Australia and New Zealand, the message is very, very clear: now he has decided to play his natural way. This is the Dhoni that we know. We will be very happy if he can replicate those fearless knocks, using that brutal force he has within him,” Prasad told ESPNCricinfo.Dhoni is expected to be part of India’s squad for the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia at home from February 24. The seasoned campaigner will also make use of the Indian Premier League to gain crucial game time in the lead up to the World Cup.Also Read | MS Dhoni in ICC’s version of John Lennon’s classic ImagineAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK PrasadAlso Read | Thought Rishabh Pant was a thick-skinned guy but he proved us wrong: MSK PrasadAlso See:last_img read more

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