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Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Thursday announced Rupees one lakh for the treatment of ailing Chanchal Bhattacharya, who is a former coach of India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Calling on Bhattacharya, Das said the veteran coach would get the monetary assistance from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, stated an official release.

Wishing him speedy recovery, Das said if required he would also provide aid in his personal capacity.

"Bhattacharya is ailing for over one year. He is known as the 'guru' of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whom he coached during his formative years of cricket," the release said.

Bhattacharya, who claims to have persuaded Dhoni to take up cricket over his first love football during a district level cricket tournament, is keenly following India's campaign in the ongoing World Cup.

"India are two matches away from the coveted cup. I am praying to the Almighty that India repeats history," Bhattacharya said as he congratulated Team India entering the semi-final after beating Bangladesh earlier in the day.  

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