Sunil Gavaskar Feels The Ranchi Cricket Stadium Should Be Named After MS Dhoni
The legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar feels that the entire JSCA International Stadium Complex (Ranchi) should be renamed to MS Dhoni Stadium.
The former Indian captain and present limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni is one of the famous and respected cricketers in the world. However, he is a high emotion in his home city Ranchi. Recently, on Friday (8th March), India and Australia played an ODI in that venue where India suffered a 32-run defeat.
Before that game, the MS Dhoni pavilion was inaugurated in that stadium. According to the earlier plan, the BCCI named the South Pavilion of the stadium after MS Dhoni. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman refused to cut the ribbon by calling himself as the local boy.
Later during the Ranchi ODI, Sanjay Manjrekar asked Sunil Gavaskar about the stadium name.
In the commentary box, Sanjay Manjrekar asked, “Coming from a small town and leading an Indian team full of Superstars. Tendulkar, Dravid everyone played under him. MS Dhoni pavilion, What’s the stadium called?”
Sunil Gavaskar’s reply
In reply, Sunil Gavaskar claimed that MS Dhoni was the most significant figure in Ranchi. He feels that the MS Dhoni Stadium will be the perfect tribute from the city to MS Dhoni.
Gavaskar replied on air: “Good question, now that the pavilion is named after Dhoni, the stadium can be called after some national figure I guess. I don’t know which national/international figure in Ranchi is bigger than MSD. If anything, this stadium should have been called Mahendra Singh Dhoni Stadium, not just the pavilion whole stadium should have been called MS Dhoni stadium. That would have been the ultimate tribute from Ranchi to their beloved son.”
MS Dhoni’s brief international career
MS Dhoni has gradually become an essential cricketer for India since his international debut in 2004. He has achieved many spectacular successes in many roles in his international career. In short, he is a very successful wicketkeeper, batsman and captain in international cricket history. However, the cricket world mostly loves and respects him for his cool and calm attitude.
The wicketkeeper-batsman has played 90 Tests, 341 ODIs and 98 T20Is where he has scored a total of 16,993 runs. The right-handed batsman has scored 4,876 Test runs, 10,500 ODI runs and 1,617 T20I runs.
MS Dhoni also has excellent records as a wicketkeeper. He has made 819 international dismissals, including 627 catches and 192 stumpings. While he has made the most number of international stumpings, he has also taken third-most international catches as a wicketkeeper.
He was also one of the successful captains in international cricket history. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World T20, 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. He is the only captain till the date to win all the three different ICC trophies.
Moreover, since the ICC officially began the teams’ ranking in 2003, India first time achieved the no.1 rank in Test cricket under his captaincy (in November 2009).
MS Dhoni took his retirement from the Test cricket after playing the Boxing Day Test in 2014 at Melbourne. Later, he officially retired from the international captaincy in early 2017. But, he then played only one more ODI as a captain during the 2018 Asia Cup. However, he is now playing limited-overs cricket with a top form.
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