Cricket will always be my priority, says Dhoni

Published: Sunday, May 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:With his coloured tresses and batting pyrotechniques, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has bowled over many a maiden but the new poster boy of Indian cricket insists he is married to cricket and enjoying his eligible bachelor status.

Speaking about a recent poll that rated him just behind Abhishek Bachchan as the most eligible bachelor in the country, the swashbuckling stumper from Jharkhand said, ''I'm enjoying this, of course. And at this point of time, I'm pre-occupied with our West Indies tour and then the World Cup there next year. So now it's cricket which is my foremost priority.'' On his long hair, Dhoni recalled being praised by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and said, ''It felt really good. Here was the Pakistani President praising me for that and it was a big gesture coming from him.'' The Jharkhand lad was talking to mediapersons after he entered an exclusive tie-up with NDTV.

Dhoni, meanwhile, revealed that he was taking an initiative to promote other games and the charity begins at home state Jharkhand.

''Jharkhand is going to be the hub of Indian hockey, all the best players are emerging from there. So we are trying to set up a sports academy there. But it's in the infancy stage and I can't reveal much now,'' he said.

Asked how he balanced cricket and stardom, Dhoni was forthright in his comment that he remains a cricketer and everything comes second.

''Cricket will always be my priority and I would have a big no for anything that threatens to disturb that,'' he added.

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