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Dhoni is MTV's '06 youth icon

The flamboyant cricketer beat Sidhu and President Kalam to the crown.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2006 19:13 IST

Flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been voted as the MTV Youth Icon of the year 2006.

Dhoni garnered maximum number of votes to win the honour ahead of five other heavyweights -- Navjot Singh Sidhu (television), Abhijeet Sawant (music), Vijay Mallaya (business), President A P J Abdul Kalam (science), John Abraham (film).

The votes were cast by youngsters aged between 15 and 24 from ten cities -- Ahmedabad, Chennai, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune -- via online and SMS.

The Jharkhand cricketer now joins the elite league of former Youth Icon awardees like industrialist Anil Ambani, present captain of Indian cricket team Rahul Dravid and film star Shah Rukh Khan.