Indian cricket’s pin-up boy Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in exalted company, and here we are not talking about the cricketing arena. Like Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi, the Indian captain too will now move around with a posse of female bodyguards to shield him from his ever-growing tribe of female fans. This ‘special protection’, courtesy the Jharkhand Police, was thought of after one female fan broke through the all-male security cordon in Kolkata and hugged the swashbuckling cricketer.
The decision has killed, as they say, two birds with one stone. His security is guaranteed but not at the cost of angering his female fans; they would be spared the push-and-shove tactics of the hirsute policemen surrounding his personage. What a neat cover drive!
There is no doubt that Dhoni is now popular than many of our politicians and with this move he has once more left them behind. While the netas are haggling over reserved seats for women in Parliament, Dhoni has managed a full score. And, considering the big match player he is, Dhoni has also left MI6, the British Intelligence Agency, behind. While the Agency’s human resources department is scouring the planet looking for Jane Bonds, Dhoni has managed not one, but five.