The second ODI match between India and Sri Lanka at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali will be filled with emotions as Dhoni will bid goodbye after the game. No need to panic as we are not talking about former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni here, but the sniffer dog called Dhoni who will retire after the match after 10-year long service to Mohali district police. The white labrador will be given a formal farewell by the police before he walks into the sunset. Dhoni was only three-year-old when it started assisting the police in security operations.
Following the retirement, Dhoni will be given for adoption to one of the interested parties applying for it. Two other dogs, John and Preeti will be saying goodbye to the police along with Dhoni after the match. According to the in-charge of dog squad, Amrik Singh, Dhoni has been instrumental in assisting the police in its security operations for international matches for several years now. “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,” he was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.
Amrik added that dog is an expert in sniffing explosives and is very quick on the feet. “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 doing any search operations. We are going to miss him. He has been a great asset for us,” he said.
India are currently playing a three-Test series with Sri Lanka after which they will play the ODI series against the visitors.