Cricket sensation Mahandra Singh Dhoni might be feared by bowlers like Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar, but in his hometown of Ranchi the prolific batsman wants a firearm for security.
Dhoni has applied for a gun licence fearing security threats to himself and the family.
Ranchi Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar said: "Dhoni has applied for the gun licence. But he has not submitted the papers needed for the same."
According to officials, Dhoni had applied for the licence some time ago citing security reasons, following his celebrity status that brings with it attendant problems.
Said Home Minister Sudesh Mahto: "Dhoni can get a licence. He is young and popular in India. The state government can ensure his protection within Jharkhand, but the gun licence is also attached with social status."
Though Dhoni has not received any threats so far, his family members are taking no chances.
"We are seeking the arms licence as a precautionary measure," said a source close to Dhoni family.