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Dhoni given an honorary doctorate

Indian Cricket Captain MS Dhoni was awarded an honorary doctorate by De Montfort University after the conclusion of a Twenty20 cricket practice match against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

MS Dhoni was praised for his exemplary leadership quality and achievements at a ceremony here.

Dhoni has achieved many milestones as skipper of the Indian Team. His first major achievement was captaining the Indian team to victory in the Twenty20 World Cup 2007. He also captained the Indian side to victory the 2007-08 CB tri-series played in Australia. However, his crowning glory was helping India win the World Cup in 2011 after a gap of 28 years.

He holds the record for the most number of catches in an innings and the longest unbeaten run as a skipper. He also holds the award for the fastest century scored by an Indian wicket keeper. In 2008 and 2009, Dhoni was also named the ICC's ODI Cricket player of the year.

"I am amazed and honoured to receive this award. I see this award as an honour not only for me as the captain of the Indian cricket team but for the whole team to be proud of," Captain Dhoni said.

Dhoni is currently captaining the Indian team, which has been whitewashed 0-4 in the just-concluded Test series by England. Dhoni and his men will be hoping that they bounce back in the remainder of the tour. India play a T20 match against England on Wednesday followed by five ODIs.

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