Dhoni is ~~Rajni of Indian cricket~~: Srikkanth

Published: Sunday, March 30, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mahi'way: The Rajni of Indian cricketChennai: Former Indian cricketer and Chennai Super Kings' brand ambassador Krishnamachari Srikkanth hailed Dhoni as 'the Rajnikanth of the Indian Cricket.'

''Both have their own style, charisma and are admired by one and all," the former India opener said amidst wild cheers at a glittering star-studded function held at the Chennai Trade Centre to announce the line-up of Kings here on Saturday.

A blushing Dhoni, in the presence of star ambassadors of the team, actors Vijay and Nayantara, said he was determined to clinch the IPL title for the Chennai Super Kings.

''Leading such a talented side is a privilege for me. The team is a perfect blend of youth and experience and we will fight till our last to emerge as winners,'' he said.

The T20 World Cup winning captain Dhoni was showered with praise. Tamil Matinee idol Vijay hailed Dhoni as the skipper with the coolest head on field. Watching him on the field, always ready to attack the opponents is a delight, Kushi-fame star added.

Actress Nayanthara was the cynosure of all eyes as she expressed her delight at being a part of the IPL as a star brand ambassador for the local team.

''I shot to fame acting in Tamil cinema. It is time to pay back my fans in Tamil Nadu, who helped me scale greater heights in my career, by associating with the IPL,'' she observed.

India Cements executive president, T Raghupathy said: ''Aircel and Reebok have come forward to sponsor the team and the apparel respectively.''

Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Parthiv Patel, L Balaji, Nepolen Einstein, Suresh Kumar, Viraj Kadbe, Shadab Jatki, Abhinav Mukund, Joginder Sharma among others took to the stage. However, their international star and son-in-law of Chennai Muthiah Muralitharan couldn't make it to the event as he is busy with national duty in Caribbean.

The DLF Premier League kicks off on Apri 18. A total of 59 matches would be played between eight franchise teams and top four would qualify for the finals.


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