Indian cricketer MS Dhoni needs no introduction. With his cricket journey, he has gone on to become one of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game. Dhoni, who hails from Ranchi, helped put the small city on the world map with his impressive batting and composed personality, leading India to three straight ICC trophies as well. Paying a tribute to the legendary player, Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) recently named a stand in the JSCA Stadium after him. However, it looks like former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar expected a lot more in honour of Dhoni from the JSCA.
It was when former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar asked Gavaskar in the commentary box, "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?". Gavaskar responded saying that that the association should have named the entire stadium after Dhoni. "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,” he said.
“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,” he added.
MS Dhoni was also approached to inaugurate the stand, but ‘humble’ Maahi declined to do the same.
"We requested him but he said 'Dada apne hi ghar mein kya inaugurate karna.' (What's there to inaugurate in my own house). He is still so humble and down to earth,” said Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) secretary Debashis Chakraborty.