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Dhoni plays football to test endurance ahead of grueling schedule

830   //    01 Aug 2015, 19:32 IST
M.S. Dhoni playing football at Silli Football Academy to test endurance

India's limited-overs captain MS Dhoni's love for football is no secret. He is the co-owner of Chennaiyan FC, a franchise in the Indian Super League and keenly follows the English Premier League team Machester United. The skipper is often seen playing football ahead of any match, be it with the Indian cricket team or his IPL team Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. 

He is on a break and is utilising this time to relax himself and spend some quality time with family before the start of the demanding season which begins with South Africa's tour, scheduled to kick-start on the 29th of September.

In the meantime, he is also keeping a check on his fitness and endurance level. He played a complete 90-minute football match with the players of Silli Football Academy at Silli Stadium near Ranchi. He was invited to the academy by an old friend, Sudesh.

Dhoni used to be a goalkeeper before he took to keeping wickets. However, during the match, he took the position of the left flank. The 34-year-old even managed to score a goal for his team.

“I was testing my endurance after a month,” he said. “I have been taking complete rest, spending time with the family for the last one month.”

Dhoni is keeping a check on his fitness levels ahead of the grueling schedule that awaits the Indian team.

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Age: 19. Location: Bangalore. Religion: Cricket.
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