After Harley, Mahendra Singh Dhoni drives Land Rover to favourite Ranchi temple

A muscle strain kept him out of the Asia Cup 2014 but Mahendra Singh Dhoni is enjoying his hobbies at home in Ranchi before setting off for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Updated: March 07, 2014 22:17 IST
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They say make hay while the sun shines and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is doing just that as he is relishing his time at home. Away from national duty due to the muscle strain that kept him out of the Asia Cup 2014, Dhoni, on Friday, visited his favourite Durga Deori temple, 60 kms south of Ranchi, to seek some divine blessing ahead of the ICC World T20. Just days after 'reuniting' with his favored motorbike Harley Davidson, Dhoni drove his favourite SUV - Land Rover - to the temple premises along with his father, Pan Singh.

Just minutes after news broke that Dhoni was to visit the temple, his fans came out in large numbers. Dhoni, who spent about 30 minutes at the temple, did not disappoint them. The local administration had increased the number of security personnel at the temple for Dhoni's visit as his followers thronged the grey-stubbled star. (Read: IPS officer who reportedly named Dhoni in betting case suspended)

Dhoni definitely needs divine intervention at this stage of his career. After horrible overseas tours of South Africa and New Zealand, the Chennai Super Kings skipper's name has been reportedly linked to the Indian Premier League 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal. In a confidential report, a Supreme Court-instituted inquiry committee, headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal, has named six prominent "Indian capped" players whose names were taken by bookies during the course of investigation. Dhoni's name has come up in several media reports. The BCCI says allegations against players are motivated and baseless.

Well known for his intimate love for motorbikes, Dhoni's Harley Davidson had recently made its way back to his Ranchi house after being in a Kolkata workshop for several months. Taking time off the cricket pitch, the 32-year-old made it a point to ask for the bike -- which had a starting problem -- to be returned at the earliest. Dhoni also owns a superbike - Hellcat X132 - which he drove on India's only F1 track, the Buddh International Circuit last year after the 4-0 Test series win over Australia at home last year.

Along with his love for bikes, Dhoni's most prized possession is the huge SUV Hummer H2. The monstrous vehicle is known for its dominating road presence much like Captain Cool on the cricket field. The other cars owned by the 32-year-old are a custom built Mahindra Scorpio, a Toyota Corolla and a Mitsubishi Pajero.

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