MS Dhoni is currently leading India in the tri-series down under © Getty Images
MS Dhoni is currently leading India in the tri-series down under © Getty Images

Jan 21, 2015

India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may well be playing the tri-series Down Under, but he hasn’t forgotten to wish his team – Ranchi Rays – ahead of the Hockey India League (HIL), which begins on January 22. Rays’ captain and penalty corner specialist Ashley Jackson said that though he hasn’t met Rays’ co-owner Dhoni in person, he and his team have been getting messages from the wicketkeeper-batsman, who hails from the Jharkhand capital.

“I have not met him in person but we have got his messages, wishing us the best ahead of the tournament. It will be an honour to meet him some day.  It is an honour to have him as our co-owner,” said the England midfielder, who also follows cricket.

The third edition of HIL commences from January 22 with home team Kalinga Lancers taking on debutants Ranchi Rays at the Kalinga Stadium in this Odisha capital city. MS Dhoni will not be witnessing his team make their debut and will lead his team against Australia in India’s next fixture scheduled to be on January 26. It is a must win game for India as a loss might put them out of contention for the finals, which will be held at Perth on February 1.