Ranchi: The Jharkhand government on Sunday said that it would confer an honorary doctorate degree on local boy and Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is yet to complete his graduation but who led his team to a fantastic World Cup victory in Mumbai."We will soon initiate the process to award honorary doctorate degree to Dhoni," said Baijnath Ram, human resource development (HRD) minister of Jharkhand.
The state HRD minister announced before the World Cup that a doctorate degree would be awarded to Dhoni if India win the tournament.
Dhoni, 29, is doing his graduation from St. Xavier`s College in Ranchi. He has been unable to complete the course due to his tight schedule.
Jharkhand earlier gifted a 4,000 sq feet plot and a Rs 11 lakh car to Dhoni when India won the T20 World Cup in 2007.
Celebrations continued in Ranchi for the second day after India beat Sri Lanka in the World Cup final in Mumbai Saturday. People thronged to Dhoni`s house situated at Harmu Housing Colony of Ranchi to congratulate his family members.
Dhoni`s parents however preferred not to speak to mediapersons. The entire city seemed to be in a celebration mood and there was praise all round for Dhoni.
Soon after Dhoni hit the winning runs in the final match in Mumbai Saturday, children, youth and elderly came onto streets to celebrate the Indian victory.
"Dhoni tune kar dala" (Dhoni you did it) and "Jharkhand ka Lal, India ko dila diya World Cup" (son of Jharkhand has won the World Cup for India) were some of the slogans shouted by people in Ranchi.
Not only Ranchi but the entire Jharkhand witnessed Diwali-like celebrations till late in the night.