After winning the Twenty20 World Cup and beating the Aussies in a tri-series, Mahi is trying a masterstroke. At a ripe 26, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has turned his focus to academics.
Building on his reputation as a ‘finisher’ in ODIs, India’s cricket captain is attending to some unfinished business—a graduation degree.
St Xavier’s College Principal Nicholas Tete confirmed that Dhoni is seeking admission in the institute through the sports quota. It is in this connection that he met Ranchi University Sports Director Jai Kumar Sinha . “He has expressed a wish to pursue B Com from our college. But he’ll have problems attending classes both owing to his cricket engagements as well as his star status. We’ll need to complete other formalities including the University’s permission,” said Tete.
The principal’s fears don’t appear unfounded as the local hero, chief guest at the finals of the Inter-Class Canvass Ball Cricket Tournament in the college, created a mini-stampede when hundreds of students surrounded him on Wednesday.
Since the time he set foot in Ranchi, every move that Dhoni makes has been making headlines—from naming the daughter of a former Minister, to riding his Harley past security to meet a schoolmate, or even buying shoes for football players.
A Commerce degree may help him manage the millions he will make from the IPL. And, perhaps, decipher the number of zeroes in the next cheque which comes his way, till the euphoria of India’s victory over Australia lasts. A bachelor’s degree may also make the hearthrob of millions the most eligible bachelor among the Men in Blue.