Ranchi’s very own son MS Dhoni will be under the spotlight when India takes on Australia in the third ODI of the ongoing five-match series at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium (JSCA) on Friday. Ahead of the encounter, Dhoni was invited by the JSCA to inaugurate the pavilion named after him at the stadium. However, the humble character that he is, Dhoni politely declined the invitation, saying he was a part of the ground and inaugurating something at the stadium will make him feel like an outsider at his own home.
Dhoni rose through the ranks in Ranchi’s school cricket circuit before making it big in the Indian domestic setup. He had to battle severe odds throughout his journey to the Indian national team before making it big and proving his mettle as one of the most successful captains in the history of the game. The Ranchi lad remains the only cricketer in the world to have won all major ICC trophies – ICC ODI World Cup, ICC T20I World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and Asia Cup as a captain.
He brought an end to India’s 28-year-long wait for a second World Cup crown after Kapil Dev achieved the feat in 1983. To honour his impeccable services to Indian cricket, JSCA has decided to name the south stand at the JSCA Stadium after him. A placard of his name has already been installed in the stadium and he was invited to inaugurate the stand, but Dhoni declined the invitation with a very humble response.
“During our last AGM on August 18, 2017, it was proposed that the South Pavilion will be named after MS Dhoni. So that people sitting in front of the dressing room can view MS Dhoni pavilion. The north stand will be named after Amitabh Chaudhary,” Jharkhand State Cricket Association secretary Debashis Chakraborty was quoted as saying by IndianExpress.com.
“Then we planned for it whether we will open it on 8th March. But when I asked MSD, he said: “Dada mein toh isika hissa hu. Ghar ka ladka apna hi ghar mein kya inaugurate karega? (I am a part of this ground. How can a person inaugurate something in his own home)” he further added.
Chakraborty also revealed that Dhoni said he was thankful to the JSCA for the honour but refused to inaugurate the stand, saying that it would make him feel as if he is “not a part of this ground.” “This left me in an awkard spot but this shows his graciousness,” Chakraborty added.
Dhoni has been in fine form in 2019 with a string of impressive performances against Australia in New Zealand in ODIs. He got dismissed for a golden duck in second ODI on Tuesday but prior to that, the veteran wicket-keeper batsman had slammed four back to back half-centuries in four ODIs against Aussies. He has so far amassed 301 runs in 8 ODIs in 2019 at an average of 100.33.