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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mahendra Singh Dhoni enjoys a ride in a racing car

Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday took a ride in a speeding car in a car rally here.

The rally was organized by the Karnataka Motor Sports Club.

After watching the whole event, Dhoni expressed his desire to drive one of the racing cars. But as per the rules of the rally, he was not allowed to drive. Instead, he went for a ride as a co-driver with the winners of the rally.

The winner of the race Arjun Baloo, along with his partner Sujeet Kumar, took Dhoni on a speedy trip. Dhoni sat on the front seat of co-driver and enjoyed the thrill.

"He enjoyed the drive very much and he was really excited going in the rally car. That's why we went for one extra round. He really enjoyed it and it was good fun," said Baloo.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket Board CEO Justin Vaughan who was on a visit to Chennai for a local tournament expressed confidence of better performance by his team in the upcoming Champions Trophy to be played in South Africa.

"I think it is a good one day site. If our players come into form, I think South Africa is a good venue for us. It will be early season in South Africa. So I think the wicket will seam around a little bit," said Vaughan.

The ICC Champions Trophy will be held in South Africa from September 22 to October 5. All the matches will be held in two venues, - Wanderers in Johannesburg and Centurion in Pretoria.

A total of eight teams will take part in this year's Champions Trophy. The teams are divided into two groups. New Zealand will face England, South Africa and Sri Lanka in Group B of the tournament while defending champions Australia, West Indies, Pakistan and India are placed in the other group.

The winner will bag a total prize money of four million dollars.

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