Fans are hypocrites: Dhoni's family

Published: Friday, December 26, 2008, 13:16 [IST]
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Temple plan opposed by Dhoni's family

Ranchi: Dhoni's family to protest against the proposed temple by fans for Indian captain at Ranchi.

"I was speaking to Dhoni's father Paan Singh yesterday and learnt that the family is not happy with the development. They feel there should be a balance in the response from fans - burning his effigy when things with the team go wrong and worshipping him when on song," Dhoni's former coach Chanchal Bhattacharya said.

The burning of Dhoni's effigy and attack on their house after India lost to Bangladesh in the last World Cup is still fresh in the mind of family members.

His sister had even called up the president of 'Dhoni Fan Club' - Jitendra Singh - and urged him not to go ahead with the proposed temple.

"I was told living beings should not be projected as gods nor keep their statues in temple," Jitendra said quoting Dhoni's sister.

"I have immense respect for Dhoni's family but I have to take the view of other members of the club before taking any decision," he added.

"Maybe the structure will not take the shape of a temple. We might keep Dhoni's statue in the gallery we have proposed to construct to display his photographs taken during the last 26 years... Everything will be discussed and decided in the meeting," he said.

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