Former Indian captain and honorary Lieutenant Colonel Mahendra Singh Dhoni was recently in Jammu and Kashmir, offering guidance and valuable tips to the state's budding cricketers. The most successful captain the Indian team has ever had, MS Dhoni came off as a true hero in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. The film's director, Neeraj Pandey, also went on record to say that filmmakers are storytellers who have to talk about everything. "This story is about the hero in us. It’s a very motivational, inspiring story. That can come from anyone. And MS (Dhoni) is a serving Lt Colonel in the Indian Army. So that should answer your questions," he said when he was asked about glorifying an individual sportsperson.
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The Indian Army organised a cricket match in Uri, a town in Baramulla district of Kashmir, and the crowds that flocked to watch were delighted at spotting the former captain, also the chief guest at the event, in the dugouts.
A spokesperson for Defence Colonel Rajesh Kalia in a chat with Indiatimes said,
"A scintillating cricket match between teams of North and South Kashmir held at Kunzer Cricket Ground on Sunday left an indelible mark in the cricketing history of the Valley. Presence of cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the chief guest was a major attraction."
After several rounds of filtering, 32 cricketers from the Chinar Cricket Premier League, which had as many as 110 teams participating, were selected to play this friendly match. The contest went ahead with utmost intensity and sportsmanship. There on the Indian Army's invitation, MS Dhoni also interacted with young students from Army Public School in Srinagar.
Army Spokesperson Colonel Kalia in an interaction with The Indian Express said,
"The championship was aimed at providing cricket lovers a platform to showcase their talent."
The North Kashmir vs South Kashmir match saw the latter win by 47 runs.