Former Indian captain and veteran keeper MS Dhoni has conceded that he had to give up his favourite food and start consuming a lot more healthy stuff with age, after he retired from Test cricket.
Giving up on butter chicken seems to be the trend of the season. It’s simple, give up on butter chicken and score tons of runs at the highest level.
Recently, there were stories of Virat Kohli not eating butter chicken for more than 4 years. Now, MS Dhoni has also conceded on giving up on butter chicken and naan after his Test retirement in 2014.
“Yes the food habits have changed. When I made my debut, it used to be butter chicken, naan and milkshakes with lots of chocolates and soft drinks. Once I turned 28, the chocolate was off, the milk shake was off. After (quitting) Test cricket, all the healthy food came in. The breads, the kebabs all those things came in,” Dhoni said at an event here in Mumbai.
In his younger days, Dhoni was always someone who did not like to train too much in the gym. He was mostly seen in his room playing video games and going out for biking. However, with time Dhoni has embraced gyming. As one of his best friends, RP Singh says that now he spends a lot of time in the gym.
In various interviews, Mahi has has himself agreed that he has started spending more time in the gym to work on his muscular strength. This also shows in his physique as the former Indian captain has become a lot more sleek but at the same time he has maintained his extraordinary power and the ability to clear the field at will.
Dhoni believes that each individual is different and hence all cannot be drafted in the same fitness regime.
“I realised I am also slightly different. I need to understand my body. This year I started gyming. But not all the time. Once the IPL started, I was not in the gym anymore.
“I just did some rowing. In Chennai, I had a rowing machine in the room. After breakfast, I’d start rowing. It was more functional for me. When I am playing cricket, I don’t want to do a lot of gym. In between the two series when there is a break, I hit the gym now. Eighty per cent of how you want to be or what you want to be is because of food; Twenty per cent is because of training,” Dhoni further said.
Ultimately, one would have to give the credit to him for understanding his body and working accordingly. His achievements speak for him. The 36 year old not only got back to scoring ways in international cricket and shut the critics but he also scored tons of runs. In the recently concluded IPL, Mahi lead CSK to their third IPL title.
MS Dhoni will be next seen in action in the limited-overs leg on India’s tour of Ireland and England. He is very close to 10,000 ODI runs and fans would expect him to reach the landmark in the coming couple of months.