Meet Dhoni, the marathoner

Bahadur Singh Dhoni hails from the same state as India’s limited-overs cricket captain. "I’m a big fan of Dhoni and when people ask me about him it really is a proud moment for me and our community. He is an inspiration to many all over the world," he said.

Marathoner Bahadur Singh Dhoni finished second at the Kolkata marathon.   -  PTI

The familiar shouts of ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ filled the air when he was awarded the second prize at the Kolkata Marathon here today, but the man in question was not the Indian cricket skipper M. S. Dhoni but a long-distance runner named Bahadur Singh Dhoni.

Bahadur Singh hails from the same state as India’s limited-overs cricket captain.

“I’m a big fan of Dhoni and when people ask me about him it really is a proud moment for me and our community. He is an inspiration to many all over the world. He’s the best to lead team India and I’m sure with him as the captain we will win the World Twenty20,” the Services marathoner said.

The 28-year-old runner, who clocked two hours, 30 minutes and 47 seconds while finishing behind his Army Sports Institute teammate Mohammad Yunus at the Kolkata Marathon, said his only passion is running.

“I only love running,” said Dhoni. He hopes to meet M. S. Dhoni someday. “I’m sure there will be one day when he will come and meet me, maybe during a marathon prize distribution ceremony. For that, I’ve to keep doing better and make the country proud.”

Making his marathon debut in Mumbai last year, Dhoni had finished third among the Indians. He clocked his best timing at the World Military Games Korea last year.

But a subsequent tendon injury in his right leg meant he could not qualify for the Olympics at this year’s Mumbai Marathon.

“My mother also passed away, so it was a big setback. This injury is still troubling me and I’ve to treat this first and will look to improve my timing. Hopefully in 2020 Games I will be there,” he said.