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Monday, 18 February 2013

Absent: MS Dhoni failed to write his exams at Ranchi's St. Xaviers College

MS Dhoni may have had tremendous success on the cricket pitch but his academic resume will miss a graduation degree. This after the India skipper failed to appear for his exams at Ranchi's St. Xaviers College.

Registered as a student of commerce (vocational) in the college, the World Cup winning captain has been unable to pass even a single of six semesters due to his professional assignments as an international cricketer. According to a report published in UK's Daily Mail, Dhoni chose office administration and secretarial practices (OMSP) as subjects but his registration will expire later this year.

The report quotes the college principal as saying that the 31-year-old was provided assistance so that he could study and pass his exams despite his busy schedule. "This is an easy course and he could have cleared it. Dhoni was supplied with books and study materials for the first semester. The college was prepared to consider his absence from class as he is an outstanding cricketer who's leading the national team. We could have even considered holding exams at venues and dates of his convenience, if he had wanted," said Father Nicholas Tele.

Dhoni, last year, had voiced his support for India U-19 skipper Unmukt Chand who had been barred from appearing for his exams due to lack of attendance. While he had then said that Chand's college should provide support to the U-19 World Cup winning captain, he himself may not have the same excuse despite being at the pinnacle of sporting success and having endorsement deals that have made him one of the richest cricketers.

As for his classmates, the batch of 2011 will be honoured with degrees on Monday but Dhoni, who had enrolled in 2008, will be with his team at Bangalore's National Cricket Academy ahead of the Test series against Australia.


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