August 25, 2009

Offbeat

High on speed

Akhila Ranganna

He may own a Hummer (among other cars) and a Harley Davidson (among other bikes), but MS Dhoni, India’s captain, apparently enjoyed the “ride of his life” in a Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia at a car rally in Bangalore.

Dhoni was invited as a guest on the final day of the K-1000 rally, and after the race was completed expressed his desire to drive one of the racing cars. A briefing about safety measures later, Dhoni, under a race helmet, was off for a ride as the co-driver of the K-1000 winner and veteran rallyist, Arjun Balu. A few slips, a few slides, and two laps of the 2.5 km track at speeds of over 100kmph ensued. The 5000 or so present there cheered throughout.

Though Dhoni didn’t speak to the media, Balu said, "He was like any first-timer inside a rally car. He was extremely excited and even requested me to do a second lap."

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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