MS Dhoni could not live up to the expectations in the recently-concluded edition of IPL, especially with the bat as he looked a pale shadow of his former self.
The CSK failed to make the playoffs for the first time, ending their season with six victories out of 14 and sixth position in the points table. Nevertheless, it is fascinating to know what the former Indian skipper is up to after the IPL.
MS Dhoni, who retired from international cricket in August, has interests that extend beyond cricket and helicopter shots.
Organic farming is arguably one of them and is all set to farm the famous black Kadaknath chickens at his organic poultry unit at Ranchi, his hometown.
The IANS news agency reported that Dhoni has already orderered for 2,000 chicks from tribal farmer Vinod Mehta, a resident of a village in Thandla block of Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh, from where the Kadaknath breed originates.
Confirming the development, Kadaknath Murga Research Centre (Jhabua) Director IS Tomar said that Dhoni had initially contacted him through his friends, but as he was not in a position to deliver, the 39-year-old was asked to contact the Thandla farmer.
“Three months ago, Dhoni’s farm managers got in touch with me through the Krishi Vikas Kendra and MP Kadaknath mobile phone app. Later, I got the order for 2000 chicks, which I’ve to deliver in Ranchi by December 15.
The advance payment for the 2,000 chicks has already been credited in my account by the team managing Dhoni’s farm. I’m proud to be supplying Kadaknath chicks to the farm of one of the most famous cricketers of the country,” Vinod told the Indian Express daily.
Dhoni’s interest in organic farming is nothing new. A month before he retired from international cricket, there was news of him indulging in organic farming in 43 acres of land at his sprwaling farm house in Ranchi.