Ranchi: Most fans of Team India Captain MS Dhoni in his home town Ranchi are all set to cast vote for their favourite star to boost his chances in the ICC's People's Choice Award for which voting will go on till August 25.

"I have inquired with my friends about the online voting system. I will vote for my former rival teammate Dhoni," said Ajay Kumar, who had represented Youth Sporting as all-rounder and played against Railways and Commando Club represented by Dhoni in 1996-97 Ranchi cricket league.

"I hope Dhoni would give India the award for the second straight year after Sachin Tendulkar got the inaugural award last year. My family members will vote for Dhoni," said Chanchal Bhattacharya, who used to be the coach of Commando Club when Dhoni used to represent the team.

Stating that Dhoni's parents had called on him on June 6, Bhattacharya said their family members were happy to learn Dhoni being nominated among the five players vying for the coveted award.

"Winning the World cup and his innovative game plans will see through Dhoni on the top of the chart," said former Bihar captain Adil Hussain.

"All our former teammates are getting in touch to vote for our former star teammate," Hussain, under whom Dhoni played in the Sheeshmahal trophy from Central Coalfield of India, added.

Dhoni's challengers are his Sri Lankan counterpart Kumar Sangakkara, England's Jonathan Trott, South Africa's H Amla and West Indian Chris Gayle.

Fans can log on to www.lgpeopleschoice.com to vote their choice and the winner's name will be announced on September 12.

(Agencies)