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I too have long hair: Ramdev to Dhoni

The powerplayer stole the limelight from Swami, as thousands cheered him.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 16:14 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday stole the limelight from Swami Ramdev as thousands of his devotees cheered their new cricket hero when he went to collect a document from the yoga guru and seek his blessings.

Dhoni, who went to collect from Swami Ramdev the document of a plot allotted to him by Jharkhand Government, said he would further improve his game to make his state and the country proud.

"I will try to better my performance in future games, and make Jharkhand and my country proud," the dashing cricketer said after garlanding Ramdev as the crowd demanded to hear a few words from their son of soil.

Dhoni, who reached the venue early this morning, said he was lucky to get blessings from the yoga guru.

Dhoni received the document from Ramdev after the completion of the two-and-half hour yoga session.

Chief Minister Arjun Munda, Assembly Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari, Chief Secretary M K Mandal and several other dignitaries looked on as the cricketer received the 'patta' (document).

Referring to Dhoni's much discussed hair-style, Ramdev said "(Pakistan President) Pervez Musharaf Dhoni ke baal pe fida ho gaye (became fond of his hair-style)... Mera bhi lamba baal hei (I too have long hair)... But what is important is one's self-confidence as that alone leads to the top".

"Dhoni has not emerged overnight, he reached this day with his self-confidence, strong will and rigourous efforts," he said.

The wicketkeeper-batsman's parents also garlanded the yoga guru.

The Jharkhand government had announced the allotment of land six months ago before his stellar role in India's 4-1 win against Pakistan.

He totalled 219 runs at an average of 219 and an explosive strike rate of 136.87.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 13:24 IST