London: The tour of England might have been an on-field nightmare for him so far but off it, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has reason to smile as a University here has decided to confer an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on the World Cup winning player.
De Montfort University in Leicester will confer the degree on Dhoni on August 29, after the Leicestershire's practice one-day match against India.
Welcoming the decision of the University, Rt Hon Keith Vaz, Labour MP from Leicester East, said, "I am delighted that De Montfort University in Leicester has decided to confer an honorary degree on the captain of the World Cup champion team, Mr Dhoni.
"India's victory in Mumbai will remain an iconic moment in the history of cricket. I hope that this great honour will be seen as recognition of that achievement.
"I want to congratulate De Monfort University on their choice. A first class University has chosen a world class Captain," he added.
India were whitewashed 0-4 in the just-concluded Test series by England. The limited overs series will start with a one off Twenty20 match on August 31.