Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Tuesday congratulated Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on being conferred upon the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army by Army Chief General V K Singh in Delhi.

"I congratulate Dhoni and wish him more laurels in future. Such rewards will inspire other budding sportspersons to excel in their respective disciplines," Munda said in his reaction after Dhoni added another feather to his distinguished cricketing career.

The chief minister congratulated Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, who was also conferred the same rank by the Army Chief.

Jharkhand government had earlier recommended to the defence department urging the ministry to consider awarding the honourary rank to Dhoni.