MS Dhoni’s record with the bat is impeccable, but he is also placed high in the world’s best wicket-keepers’ list. Recently, the former India captain became the first wicket keeper in the world to complete a century of stumpings in one-day internationals. Team India’s ‘Mr. Reliable,’ who made his debut in 2004 against Bangladesh, achieved the feat in his 301st ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Dhoni’s style of being aggressive without being brash, makes him the perfect blend of a role-model and pin-up star.
However, during an interview, he said that he always aspired to be a soldier but destiny intervened to make him a cricketer. And it was because of his achievements as a cricketer, he was given a honoury commission as a Lt Colonel in the territorial army. He was commissioned into the 106 Para TA batallion. He’s also a paratrooper in the Indian Army who has completed five para jumps in his training sessions.
According to him, there is a lot to learn about teamwork and sacrifice from the Army. And it is his love for the Army that makes him wear camouflage gloves.
Answering to a query from a student at Amity University in Dubai on wearing camouflage-colored gloves, Dhoni said:
“It is a universal color, especially worn by the army. They have to go through a lot and whenever we meet them, they still have a big smile on their faces. Imagine at one time they are in Siachen’s minus 50 degrees and in another time they are in Rajasthan’s 50 plus degree weather and still they greet you with a smile. I feel it is a very tough life that they live and there is a lot to be learnt from them.”
“In the army, whatever happens in the Special Forces they always talk about how serious you should be when practising. It teaches us how to be serious in life and at the same time, how to enjoy the challenges that are thrown at you because all these challenges are there to make you a better person and at the same time it makes life more interesting. If the challenges are not there, life will be very plain and simple. This is the reason why I love my camouflage gloves and whenever I travel, I try to wear some camouflage color to show that we are with them.”
Apart from wearing camouflage-colored gloves, he also has a liking for camo-print kit bag which he is often seen lugging around.
Such a patriotic man!
Massive Respect, Legend! 🙂