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Dhoni honoured, Swami Ramdev gives yoga tips

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Ranchi, Feb 23 (UNI) Jharkhand government today felicitated team India's swashbuckling wicket keeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni and alloted him a free plot of land in a prime locality here, while yoga guru Ramdev gave him some 'tips' to improve concentration.

Swami Ramdev handed over the ownership documents of a 5,000 square feet plot of land in local Harmu housing colony to Dhoni on behalf of the state government in presence of Chief Minister Arjun Munda in a function organised at the government sponsored yoga camp of Patanjali Yogapeeth.

On the occasion, Dhoni said he would perform even better in the coming series (against England). ''I am grateful to the people of Jharkhand for their continuous support. I also feel that it is the best way to get a plot of land from the sacred hands of a yogi,'' he said.

Praising Dhoni, Swami Ramdev said he was a brave and capable player, who had earned laurels for the country and should learn yoga techniques especially the 'Anulom-Vilom' and 'Kapalbhati Pranayam' to further improve his concentration which was must for a good performance. ''Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf advised Dhoni not to cut off his long hair. That is ok but one should understand that his real strength lies in his strong will power not the hair which anyone can grow,'' he said in his typical style.

Dhoni also sang ''Mera Rang De Basanti Chola'' along with Swami Ramdev on the occasion. His parents were also present in the function.

Dhoni's father Pan Singh is an employee of Mecon Limited here.

His family had been residing here for the last four decades and had expressed the need of a bigger house in the wake of increasing popularity of their son. Dhoni had also said he wished to make a 'big dream house' here. He was born and brought up here.

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