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A disappointed Dhoni practices in Kolkata
Apr 2, 2007 - 7:27:58 PM

Kolkata, April 2 - It was a rather disappointed Mahendra Singh Dhoni who practised at the nets at Eden Gardens here Monday. Even the cricketer's style statement, complete with long hair and dapper red sport shirt, could not hide the agony of the Caribbean nightmare.

Mahi, as he is fondly called, paused between nets while preparing with teammates for Jharkhand's Twenty-20 tie here on Tuesday.

He bowled at the nets and kept stumps for a while, before heading in for batting. The usual smile on Dhoni's face was gone as he avoided talking to the media.

The batsman had a poor run in the World Cup averaging less than 20.

Coach Venkat Ram said: 'He is very disappointed. He wants to work hard and make amends. He just wants to score runs and very quickly.'

Dhoni practised for about 90 minutes, took a quick shower and then headed for the bus.

Dhoni has not returned to his hometown Ranchi. Angry fans had attacked his house under construction there while many, who had started sporting long hair after Dhoni, clipped it to protest his poor show in the World Cup.

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