NEW DELHI, July 4, 2010 (AFP) – Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is worshipped by millions of sports fans across the country, was to marry his girlfriend on Sunday evening, television news channels reported. India’s next games are on tour in Sri Lanka starting July 18. Dhoni, often described as India’s most eligible bachelor, was expected to wed Sakshi Singh Rawat at a private Hindu ceremony near the town of Dehra Dun in the northern state of Uttarakhand.
Teammates such as Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina gathered to attend the event, and Bollywood movie star John Abraham was also reportedly present.
Dhoni’s surprise engagement was only reported on Sunday morning but television channels and newspapers said the couple had been dating discreetly for two years.
“It has been on the cards for a long time now, and both families thought the time was right to formalise the relationship,” an unnamed relative told the Indian Express.
Dhoni, 28, a flamboyant wicketkeeper and batsman, established himself in the national side in 2004 and is currently captain in all forms of the game.
Rawat was described by the Press Trust of India news agency as a 23-year-old hotel management student who has know