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Surprise gift for Mahendra Singh Dhoni: CM

cricket Updated: Aug 19, 2011 13:17 IST

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been appointed India's Twenty20 capatin, has a surprise gift coming his way if he powers the team to success in the coming World Championship in South Africa next month.

"I congratulate Dhoni on his elevation as captain of India Twenty20 team. A surprise gift would be given to Dhoni if he returns triumphant," Chief Minister Madhu Koda said on Wednesday.

"We will felicitate Dhoni on his elevation as captain. We are sure he will continue to scale new heights," Koda added.

Praising the Ranchi-born player, Koda wished him and the team all the best for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup to be held from September 11 to 24.

The state government has already bestowed a plot to the swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman to construct a house.

Dhoni's elevation as captain has sent fans in his home town into raptures.

The news also brought ecstasy to Dhoni's parents, who expressed confidence that their son would excel in his new role.

Jharkhand State Cricket Association president Amitabh Choudhury said, "I am of the firm belief that Dhoni will come up trumps in his new role too."