November 20, 2010

MS Dhoni to do a 007

India captain MS Dhoni is going the James Bond way

India captain MS Dhoni is going the James Bond way. No, he’s not going to become a secret service agent. Rather, he is soon going to be the owner of a Walther rifle, something that is synonymous with 007. Shimon Sharif, the director of a website that imports shooting equipment for many Indian national shooters, confirmed that such a request had indeed come from Dhoni. “A week after the Commonwealth Games, I got a mail from Dhoni wanting to buy a Walther rifle,” Sharif told the Hindustan Times. “I replied to him and, to my surprise, I got an answer in five minutes. He seemed very serious about buying the rifle.” Dhoni will soon be wielding a Carbontec air rifle, also used by Beijing Olympic Games gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra at the Olympics. And the cost? About Rs 1.48 lakhs or approximately USD$ 3260.

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo