MS Dhoni to be felicitated at Eden Gardens by CAB
by Ankit Editor
Published - Jan 10, 2017 7:13 pm | Updated - Jan 10, 2017 7:13 pm
MS Dhoni is arguably the most popular name in Indian cricket circle of the modern era. The man from Ranchi made giant strides in the game ever since making his international debut. In no time, Dhoni was rewarded with the role of India’s captain for the inaugural ICC World T20 in South Africa in 2007.
The new captain and the new look Indian team under his leadership did the improbable. India emerged victorious in the tournament and Dhoni had announced himself as the next generation leader of the team. Rahul Dravid’s stepping down from the ODI captaincy saw him as the ideal successor in ODIs.
It was only a matter of time that Dhoni became the full-time captain of the Indian team in all the three formats of the game. He managed to lead India to the number one rankings in Test cricket. It was under his leadership that India won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. The only ICC trophy that eluded him was the Champions Trophy. He got that too in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in England.
There is no denial of the fact that MS Dhoni is arguably the best and most successful Indian captain of all time, if not the best in the world cricket. Former English cricketer Nasser Hussain rates MS as the best captain of the white cricket ball in the world. But as they, all good things come to an end. Dhoni stepped down as the Test captain in 2014. And recently, he took everyone aback with his decision to step down as the limited overs captain of India team.
Now, just recently, he played his last match as the leader of Indian outfit during the first warm-up match between India A and England. Albeit India A lost the match, Dhoni showed glimpses of the vintage Dhoni that the fans have longed for. His services to Indian cricket as a leader are unmatchable. Hence, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly, have announced that they will felicitate the batsman when India plays England at the Eden Gardens.
India will lock horns with England in the final ODI at Kolkata on January 22. As per the reports in India Today, the CAB officials mentioned that Dhoni will be given a shawl and a plaque on the match day as a mark of great service to the Indian cricket.