Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no doubt one of India’s most loved and favorite captains when it comes to cricket. But the fact that he keeps a heart of gold was unleashed in front of all on November 22, when he turned up at the Army School in Srinagar and surprised all the students. Many people might not know that the former Indian skipper holds an honorary rank of Lt. Colonel in Indian Army, which enabled him to spend some time with the kids.
As per a report in The Indian Express, it was a surprise visit and there was no knowledge about the same to the media as well till the the official Twitter account of Chinar Corps, Indian Army, posted photos of Dhoni interacting with school students.
Lt Col (Hony) Mahendra Singh #Dhoni interacting with the enthusiastic children of #APS #Srinagar; emphasised upon importance of #studies and #sports @adgpi @NorthernComd_IA @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/VWlmi2sdHZ
— ChinarCorps.IA (@Chinarcorps_IA) November 22, 2017
According to the Chinar Corps of the Indian Army, while interacting with the students, Dhoni emphasized on the importance of studies and sports to lead a disciplined, healthy and wise life.
This sweet little gesture from the former Indian captain won many hearts on Twitter, most of whom applauded Dhoni for his effort and congratulated him for being the perfect role model for all Indians. Here are some of the replies from Twitteratis:
Brilliant initiative by Indian Army and Lt Col MS Dhoni. I am sure kids must have been over the moon after meeting the Legend. Very inspiring & Very motivating. Well Done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
— Capt Kunzz Sharma (@kunzz_sharma) November 22, 2017
Well done captain Mahi. Your visit, interaction and words will be a source of inspiration for young children.
— Aaditiyaa (@Aaditiyaa1) November 23, 2017
He’s an inspirational leader and very humble. The kids can pick up few of his traits. Great gesture by @Chinarcorps_IA
— dashoraj (@dashorajbhai) November 22, 2017
@msdhoni you inspire us in many ways. What ever u do there is a patriotic touch in it. After our late president Abdul Kalam, I am seeing similar nature in you. God bless u with many more years in cricket n army @imVkohli
— mbraja (@mbraja_ind) November 23, 2017
On the professional front, the former Indian skipper is on a break now and will be seen wearing the team India jersey when the Indian Cricket team takes on Sri Lanka in ODI series from December 10.
Currently, the Indian cricket team is taking on Sri Lanka in the longest format of the game, from which MS Dhoni has retired in 2014. Since then, he has consistently been a part of ODIs and T20Is.