We all know about MS Dhoni and his legacy for Indian cricket over the past decade and a half. Two world cups, one Champions Trophy and Asia Cup each, Dhoni has all the accolades in his locker a skipper of a team can hope for.
However, another Dhoni, the Sniffer dog will also hang up his boots after the ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali. Dhoni has been serving the Mohali police since the last 10 years and is set to retire after the ODI match on December 13. The police will hold a formal farewell ceremony for Dhoni and two other dogs, John and Preeti, who will also retire on the same day. Dhoni is a white Labrador.
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Amrik Singh, the in-charge of the dog squad, told Chandigarh Newsline that Dhoni joined the district police on February 10, 2007, and since then the dog had assisted them in many high-profile security operations and solving important cases and catching some drug peddlers.
“Dhoni used to assist us in checking at PCA stadium during the international matches. During the world cup semifinal in 2011 between India and Pakistan, when the Prime Ministers of both the countries came to the city, Dhoni was working with us,” Amrik Singh said.
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Amrik Singh said that Dhoni is fond of eating eggs and drinking milk. Dhoni drinks three litres of milk every day and eats 20 to 30 eggs per day in his three meals. Amrik Singh added that Dhoni does not like chapatis.
“He likes to sleep six to seven hours a day. He sleeps in the daytime. He is a specialist in sniffing explosives. He is the quickest of the dogs we have when it comes to do any search operations. We are going to miss him. He has been a great asset for us,” he said.
The two other dogs, Preeti and John, will also retire along with Dhoni. Both have completed their 10 years of service with the district police. Preeti and John will also be given formal farewell on their retirement.