We often come across renowned cricketers gets tribute from the state associations with a name to one of the stands in the stadiums. Much to the same, JSCA stadium also opened a gate for MS Dhoni in 2018. The stadium is currently hosting the final Test match between India and South Africa. Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar has an issue with the board naming only one stand after MS Dhoni.
Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar on Friday said that the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi should be renamed to MS Dhoni Stadium in a bid to give a fitting tribute to the legendary cricketing personality.
MS Dhoni put Ranchi in world map – Sunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar replied that naming the entire stadium in honour of the former Indian captain would be the ultimate tribute to the greatness that Dhoni has showered upon the game and not just a pavilion. Further, he went on to add saying that it was MS Dhoni, who made Ranchi get recognition in the world map.
”There is Pavillion called MS Dhoni in this stadium but this stadium should be called MS Dhoni because he put Ranchi in the cricketing map,” Sunil Gavaskar said during the commentary session at Ranchi.
Ranchi was initially famous for hockey, especially after Jaipal Singh had captained the gold-medal winning Indian team in 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. But less than a century later, Ranchi turned into a cricket hotbed when their kid MS Dhoni became the only individual to lead an International side to victory in all the available ICC events.
Considered as the greatest finishers of all time, the 37-year old has scored over 10,000 runs in ODIs at a remarkable average of over 50. His captaincy record is even more impressive.
As far as the game is concerned, the Indian National Cricket Team once again won the toss and elected to bat first. However, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje has made things hard for Indians in the first session as Mayank Agarwal, Pujara and Virat Kohli walked back for cheap scores.