On opening day of TNPL, MS Dhoni reveals fitness secret

Chennai, July 23: Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wicketkeeping is getting better with age. In the limited overs format he has been lightning quick behind the stumps. Despite retiring from the longer version and little match practice, Dhoni has kept himself fit to play and deliver at the highest level.

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So what is the secret to his fitness? The former India captain revealed what is important to maintain high fitness levels for a cricketer and also what goes into training.

MS Dhoni

On the inaugural day of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday (July 22), Dhoni was asked how he kept himself fit and he said the intake of right food was the key.

“Fitness is a major part of any sport today whether it is skill-oriented or endurance-oriented sport. It is the food that is more important than the training; so if you have right kind of food and supplement it with the training, you can get much more out of yourself, both in the physical and mental aspects,” Dhoni told TNPL’s website.

“Enjoying life is important, but as an athlete you need to know what are the things that you cannot do that your brother or sister can. Food intake is the main thing apart from training. These days, the players get educated about what they need to do. Most of the players learn from the seniors and there will be physios to assist you.

“There is a lot of guidance by fellow cricketers and that is why I feel even in TNPL when lot of players would have gone back to their respective districts, they would have done a lot of fitness work to realise their fitness needs to be at par,” he added.