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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 13 November 2019

MS Dhoni attends Ranchi Test in modified vintage Nissan SUV 'Jonga'

India wicketkeeper owns a fine collection of cars and bikes and turned up for third India-South Africa Test in his latest acquisition
MS Dhoni, centre, is responsible for putting Ranchi on the world map. Chris Whiteoak / The National

The third Test between India and South Africa in Ranchi was guaranteed at least one superstar moment – the arrival of wicketkeper MS Dhoni.

Dhoni hails from the city in eastern India and is responsible for putting Ranchi on the world map. That, coupled with his extended time away from international cricket and public appearances since the World Cup in England meant that all eyes were going to be on Dhoni as and when he arrived.

That happened on the morning of the fourth day of the Test on Tuesday. And Dhoni made a special entrance, arriving in a modified vintage Nissan SUV called the 'Jonga'.

Dhoni recently bought the 20-year-old modified Jonga – painted in Dhoni's favoured colour green – from the northern Indian state of Punjab.

The Jonga has a unique history. Nissan produced the SUV exclusively for the Indian army until 1999. It was basically the earlier variant of the Nissan Patrol, modified according to Indian specifications.

Dhoni owns one of the very few Jongas in working condition. Apart from the striking Jonga, Dhoni also owns a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and a Ferrari 599 GTO . Apart from cars, he also has a fine collection of bikes, including the Confederate Hellcat X132, Kawasaki H2, Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R, and Yamaha YZF600 Thundercat.

Updated: October 22, 2019 04:18 PM