September 9, 2009

Offbeat

Dhoni 'fails' the test

Akhila Ranganna

This is one Test that Mahendra Singh Dhoni hasn't yet mastered. When his college in Ranchi, St. Xavier's College, released the results of its B.Com examination, Dhoni's name had a "failed" against it. This despite him marking himself 'absent' in July this year, and the Controller of Examination declaring that Dhoni's result would be shown as 'absent' because the cricketer missed both his semesters. So what was it that had literally stumped Dhoni? A clerical error, as clarified by college principal Nicholas Tete. "It was a simple clerical error," Tete said. "The list has been removed immediately. When he did not take the examination how can he fail?" A question that Dhoni would have perhaps asked himself, had the error not been noticed.

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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