Team India’s ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may get away with playing shots out of the cricketing bluebook. Like his trademark ‘helicopter shot’.
But off the field he has to live by the rules, he has found out in Ranchi, his hometown in Jharkhand.
Police said on Tuesday that Dhoni was fined Rs 450 for violating traffic rules. Dhoni’s crime: he had affixed the front registration plates on the mudguard of one of his mobikes, described as a “technical violation”.
Dhoni is known for his collection of bikes and SUVs. And he has quite a few.
The man fondly called Mahi by his fans, has a bike collection which includes an Yamaha Rx, Hellcat X 132, Yamaha RXZ, Kawasaki ZX Ninja, Harley Davidson, Yamaha Thundercat, Enfield, Ducati 1098, Yamaha Rd 350, TVS Dirt, TVS Apache and Hero Kanzama.
Among his four-wheelers are Mitsubishi Outlander, Mahindra Scorpio, Pajero, Toyota Corolla, Maruti Swift, Hummer H2, GMC Sierra, Maruti SX4, Land Rover, Freelander and an Audi Q7 SUV.
During a hard-earned break recently, after a long and grueling tour to Australia which included the unsuccessful World Cup campaign, Dhoni was seen riding the light green Bullet on the streets of Ranchi.
Police also saw him. And his faulty registration plate.
Ranchi police, who had launched a drive against violators from March 15, decided that the rules apply to Dhoni as well.
“We have launched a drive against unregistered and missing number plates in the state capital. Under this drive, we found that Dhoni’s bullet had no number plate,” said Kartik S, Ranchi superintendent of police (traffic).
Dhoni, by then, had already left the city to lead the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, starting on Wednesday.
The fine was realised on Tuesday evening after Dhoni’s brother-in-law Gautam Gupta deposited the amount to police on behalf of the celebrity cricketer.
The police official said that Dhoni has, however, lent his support to the drive against unregistered and missing number plates.
Dhoni had arrived in Ranchi on April 4 with his wife Sakshi and daughter Jiva, who was born in his absence. Dhoni was photographed at the Ranchi airport cradling his daughter, which was Jiva’s first public appearance.