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Did MS Dhoni really think he could get away with getting married?

Anand Ramachandran

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Indian Olympics Association President Suresh Kalmadi holds the Queen's Baton for the 2010 Commonwealth Games at the India-Pakistan Wagah border near Amritsar, June 25, 2010
Suresh Kalmadi realises his attempt to pass himself off as Milkha Singh is probably not going to work © AFP
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Even as news of MS Dhoni's wedding has taken the Indian media by surprise, the BCCI has put a dampener on the situation by declaring the wedding as unofficial and has banned the Indian captain from all future weddings.

"Dhoni has gone ahead and participated in this unofficial wedding without informing the BCCI. We have no hesitation in banning any player who takes part in such rebel weddings, which are not recognised by the BCCI. I'm afraid MS Dhoni will not be permitted to be the groom at any weddings hereafter - whether domestic or international," said BCCI president Shashank Manohar, ably demonstrating that while Lalit Modi may be persona non grata in the BCCI, his spirit lives on in the board's delightful processes and policies. Manohar also clarified that Suresh Raina, RP Singh and HS Plaha will be banned from marrying anyone in future - leaving only each other as prospective partners. Not cool.

Dhoni, however, was predictably unruffled and calm. Speaking to reporters after the wedding, he demonstrated his world-famous mic-hogging skills by pouring forth a plethora of painful and pedestrian platitudes. When asked about his honeymoon plans, he said, "Well, definitely. If we go to New Zealand then the conditions may be quite difficult. But if we choose England, conditions will be ideal for swing. But of course, everyone knows that the conditions aren't important, it's only performance that matters."

Public reaction has, as always, been varied.

"Dhoni only decided on Sakshi Rawat because he couldn't find a suitable tennis player from Pakistan," said close friend and Bollywood star John Abraham. "Begging to differ with Rohan Bopanna, Mahi concluded that perhaps Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi wouldn't quite be the ideal partner for him in this case.

"Also, I think Spain will win the World Cup. They have Torres," he added suddenly, keen to be perceived as a football expert.

"I can't understand why the Indian news media is acting all surprised that Dhoni's wedding followed his engagement. But thank God, even they can't possibly be surprised by what happens next, eh?" winked Indian chairman of selectors K Srikkanth, revealing the reason behind his nickname. Srikkanth also denied that there was anything to be read into his not being invited to the wedding. "As a selector I understand the need to omit deserving individuals - just ask Cheteshwar Pujara. So it's all cool," he said, before dashing off to prevent Mohinder Amarnath from breaking into joyous song.

Meanwhile Suresh Kalmadi, the head of the Indian Olympic Association, following on the heels of his "no cricket during the Commonwealth Games" plea, has requested the BCCI not to organise any weddings during the CWG. "Any high-profile wedding will take away at least 17 or 18 people from the Commonwealth Games viewership. This is not something we can afford," complained Kalmadi. "In fact, it's the BCCI's duty to help make the Commonwealth Games a success. I implore them to help grow TV audiences for the CWG by organising an India-Sri Lanka series to coincide with the games, thus driving millions of people to watch athletics, gymnastics, kabaddi and my speeches - all infinitely more exciting, you will agree. Excelsior!" he concluded with a rare flourish.

Elsewhere in the world of cricket, Graeme Swann wants the England cricket team to be called the "golden generation" (primarily because they never lose to Germany), Bangladesh will announce a new cricket captain in the next 10 minutes (this is true regardless of when you're reading this) and fans worldwide are all asking one burning question: "Where is New Zealand?"

RSS FeedAnand Ramachandran is a writer and humourist based in Mumbai. He blogs at bosey.co.in. All quotes and facts in this article are made up (but you knew that already, didn't you?)

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Posted by Nishant on (July 7, 2010, 14:37 GMT)

oh come on, everyone knows where new zealand is ..

Posted by Dummy4 on (July 7, 2010, 14:06 GMT)

The funniest lines r 'Dhoni will be banned frm all subsequent weddings' and his mock interview. hilarious!

Posted by Ram on (July 7, 2010, 7:32 GMT)

Awesome really awesome. Everyone knows that the conditions aren't important, it's only performance that matters, hahaha.......

Posted by Gautam on (July 7, 2010, 6:09 GMT)

Tooooooooooo goooooooooooood ...

Posted by Dummy4 on (July 7, 2010, 6:08 GMT)

really funny article..............

Posted by Dummy4 on (July 7, 2010, 4:58 GMT)

Hillarious..... Not conditions, but performance matters. Good piece of laugh with england's golden generation who never got beaten by Germany, of course in Cricket :). Funny inside - out. Should have added a line for sulking John the little from Australia...

Posted by Manny on (July 7, 2010, 4:04 GMT)

Really Funny!!!! @Nampally - It's a Page 2 humor article. I guess living in Canada has put you out of touch with Humor :-) @CanadaCan - "f" stands for Facebook. I did find the article humorous and your question as well :-)

Posted by Vinod on (July 7, 2010, 3:58 GMT)

"Wheres New Zealand"??? On vacation right now!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (July 7, 2010, 3:11 GMT)

yeah great article to read!!!

Posted by haris on (July 7, 2010, 1:08 GMT)

this article is hilarious. not to mention the keen points of selection and performance :D. well combined piece of cricket and humor. i don't know why some people are lashing out :S

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Anand Ramachandran is a game designer and writer based in Bangalore. He specialises in finding creative ways to justify time and money spent on watching sports, playing games and reading comics as "professional investment". He boasts a batting average of 79.66 with 53 first-class hundreds in various cricket videogames, on platforms as diverse as the Sinclair ZX-Spectrum and modern PCs and consoles.

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Anand Ramachandran Anand Ramachandran is a game designer and writer based in Bangalore. He specialises in finding creative ways to justify time and money spent on watching sports, playing games and reading comics as "professional investment". He boasts a batting average of 79.66 with 53 first-class hundreds in various cricket videogames, on platforms as diverse as the Sinclair ZX-Spectrum and modern PCs and consoles.
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