Ranchi: Just imagine the Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni - Rambo of Ranchi - riding his Harley Davidson to St Xavier's College in the city of water falls and lakes to attend accountancy classes. Hold on. This is not the yet-to-be-released ad or something like that. Mahi aims to attend some unfinished business-a Graduation Degree in Commerce.
After Twenty20 World triumph and giving the Aussies a reality check in their own backyard, Mahi at a ripe age of 26 has turned his focus to academics.
"Dhoni has sought admission in St. Xavier's College through sports quota. He wants to do a Bachelors degree in Commerce in the academic year beginning from August 2008," Xavier"s Principal Nicholas Tete confirmed.
"Mahi"s coming to our college would be a matter of pride for us. About his attendence, the management has decided to put him under special privilege rule, so that he could complete his graduation," said K.K. Bose, a Professor at the St. Xavier College.
Students, who usually saw him on television sets and aspired to be like him, would now get opportunity to study with him.
"We are very proud. Somebody like Dhoni would come and study in our college. He is like an idol to us and we want to be like him. We feel very honoured," said Manoj, a student at St. Xavier's College.
A Commerce degree may help him manage the millions he will make from the IPL and endorsments. And, perhaps, decipher the number of zeroes in the next cheque which comes his way,
The son of soil, Dhoni is also going to promote health and fitness by opening a world class gym in Ranchi that will serve as an ideal center for physical fitness for sportspersons in Jharkhand and Bihar.
"It would be more like providing job opportunities to the best sports force from a world class gym and that's what my plan happens to be. If I have a world-class gym, it won't be restricted to any particular sports. Any sportsperson from Bihar and Jharkhand can come and use it," Dhoni remarked at the St.Xavier"s College in Ranchi.