Dhoni's uncle urges Indian skipper to aid flood victims

Jun 27, 2013, 23:58 IST | Jasvinder Sidhu

India skipper's Uttarakhand-based kin want him to lend a helping hand to thousands affected in the floods

While aid is pouring in from all parts of the country for thousands affected in the Uttarakhand floods, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s uncle has urged India’s cricket skipper to come forward and lend a helping hand.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

“He (Dhoni) should have helped. Prominent names like him should come forward in such times of crisis. Any sort of help can make a huge difference at the moment,” Dhoni’s uncle Pooran Singh Bhandari said.

Dhoni’s father Paan Singh hails from Lwali village in Almora district. Dhoni Sr visited his village last year for a religious purpose. Though his village has not been affected by the devastating rain, Dhoni’s uncle and two aunts live in Uttarakhand.

Dhoni’s manager Arun Pandey is not aware of the skipper’s plans. “How can I comment on this? You should ask Dhoni if he has any plans to help them,” he said. The Indian team is in the Caribbean for a tri-series involving hosts West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Dhoni, who achieved the incredible feat by winning all ICC trophies — 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy, was recently placed 16th in Forbes’ list of biggest sporting earners.

Dhoni’s India teammate Harbhajan Singh, who was rescued from the Uttarakhand floods, announced last week that he will donate Rs 10 lakh for the flood victims.

Swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar announced Rs 1 lakh as a donation. Shikhar Dhawan, winner of the ‘golden bat’ for his magnificent performance in the Champions Trophy, dedicated his man of the tournament award to the flood victims. 

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