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Dhoni felicitates hockey goalkeeper Sreejesh for Asiad heroics

Last updated on: October 07, 2014 20:54 IST

MS Dhoni with Shreejesh

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left, felicitates P R Sreejesh, right, on Tuesday. Photograph: PTI

After venturing into football, Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni felicitated Asian Games gold-winning hockey team vice-captain P R Sreejesh on behalf of the Kerala Cricket Association.

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Sreejesh was the hero of the Incheon Asian Games final against Pakistan. The 25-year-old goalkeeper produced breathtaking saves in the shoot-out to help India end its 16-year gold medal drought in the Games and earn a direct berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Dhoni presented a memento to Sreejesh on behalf of KCA. The association's president, T C Mathew, was among those present at the function.

Sreejesh later told reporters that he was delighted to receive the memento from Dhoni and would be at the stadium on Wednesday to cheer the Indian team when they take on the West Indies in the first of five ODIs.