Ranchi: Former Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday scored heavily in a match where his co- players were politicians, business tycoons, bureaucrats and diplomats of various countries.
The occasion was ‘Momentum Jharkhand’, the 17-year-old eastern Indian state’s first global investors’ summit being held at Ranchi.
As the two-day mega event’s brand ambassador, Dhoni dressed in a blue suit not only shared stage with the dignitaries comprising Ratan Tata, Arun Jaitley and Smriti Irani but also gave his perspective on why doing business is easier in his state that is endowed with vast mineral resources and opportunities to grow.
From the time he took to the stage till the event ended, he kept drawing cheers and applauses from the august gathering, comprising mostly potential investors from India and overseas. Majority speakers from the government and industry too couldn’t resist mentioning Dhoni’s contribution in building brand Jharkhand. A modest Dhoni kept acknowledging their praises with a gentle smile.
And when came his turn to speak, he mesmerized the audience with his oratory skills.
“Years of political instability have hurt Jharkhand. Now it’s on the right track. When one talks about my state, they generally refer to its 40 % mineral wealth hidden beneath. But, let’s not forget that Jharkhand is ranked number 2 in production of peas and potatoes,” the ace wicket-keeper batsman cum explosive batsman, said.
Dhoni added, “A good leader has a good team. The chief minister here is blessed with a good team of ministers and bureaucrats. We all want to see them work together as a team.”
Referring to the security and law and order scenario that is pivotal to investment, Dhoni said, “It is a perfect platform at par with any other state. These are the views and feelings not of a celebrity, or a cricketer, but of a boy born and bought up here.”
Though Jharkhand has produced several celebrities in various fields including cinema and sports, but Dhoni remains the most famous of them all. Cinestar R Madhavan, director-producer Imteyaz Ali, ace archer Deepika Kumari are a few popular names but Dhoni’s popularity is unmatched.