Former Indian cricket captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, recently mentored a group of aspiring young women cricketers at a workshop called ‘Cricket Clinic – MSD’, curated by MasterCard. Widely regarded as one of the greatest captains of the Indian cricket team, Dhoni provided valuable insight and tips to the 15 aspiring U-19 women cricketers who were chosen to attend the workshop through a social media contest held by MasterCard.
Held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the workshop aimed to inspire and encourage young women to take an interest in cricket, with the hope that this will contribute towards the development of women’s cricket in India.
Dhoni, who won the T20I World Cup in 2007, the ODI World Cup in 2011, and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 as captain of the Indian cricket team, shared his belief in the potential of women’s cricket during the event. The workshop concluded with the participants receiving autographed bats from Dhoni and posing for a group photo with him.
Speaking about the experience, Dhoni expressed his excitement to partner with Mastercard for furthering the women in sports movement and offering them a priceless learning experience. He also expressed his confidence in the future of women’s cricket in India, adding that women cricketers are breaking the glass ceiling with their consistent performance and strong determination.
The success of the ‘Cricket Clinic – MSD’ workshop has reportedly led to MasterCard planning more such events in the future.