Dhoni meets India junior women hockey players

New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) India’s junior women hockey players got a rare opportunity to meet the country’s limited overs cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, when the star wicketkeeper-batsman went through a personal training session at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here.

“India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni met the India junior women players on Saturday at the MDC National Stadium during their ongoing preparatory camp for the Volvo International Under-21 Tournament in the Netherlands and the 7th Junior Women’s Asia Cup in China,” Hockey India said in a release on Sunday.

Dhoni, who co-owns the Hockey India League (HIL) champions Ranchi Rays and hails from the hockey-loving state of Jharkhand, was present at the stadium for his personal training and didn’t miss the opportunity to meet the young players.

Dhoni will soon head to Bangladesh to lead the Indian team in a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series.

Dhoni, who quit Test cricket last year, spent some time with the players, spoke to them about their preparations and wished good luck for the upcoming international tournaments.

The preparatory camp of the Indian team coaching camp started from May 31 and will continue till July 11. The 48-core probables are part of the coaching camp, where they will be trained under coach N.S. Saini, for the Volvo International U-21 Women Tournament in the Netherlands, scheduled from July 18 to July 26.

Their next assignment will be the seventh Junior Women’s Asia Cup slated to be held from September 5 to 13 in China.

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