Sunil Gavaskar wants JSCA Stadium to be renamed as MS Dhoni Stadium
Gavaskar made the proposal while he was commentating in the ongoing third Test between India and South Africa in Ranchi.
Updated - Oct 19, 2019 1:30 pm
It would not be at all wrong to say that MS Dhoni is the most famous man to emerge from Jharkhand. Ranchi, which is his hometown, was relatively unknown in the cricketing circles when a long-haired MS Dhoni made his India debut way back in 2004. The way he performed in his first four ODIs, many thought that he too would join the list of India’s unsuccessful wicketkeepers.
But it all changed when the former India skipper blasted 148 against arch-rivals Pakistan in just his fifth ODI. Everything started falling into place for Dhoni from thereon and he soon became an indispensable part of the team across formats. Fast forward to 2019 and the 38-year old is one of the most decorated wicketkeeper-batsmen the game has ever seen.
He will go down in history as India’s most successful captain, having led India to numerous glories during his highly successful captaincy tenure. And Dhoni’s exploits on the field helped Ranchi to carve its own place in Indian cricket. Ranchi now has its own international stadium and has already hosted international games as well as IPL matches.
Sunil Gavaskar wants the stadium to be renamed
Earlier this year, Jharkhand State Cricket Association renamed a stand in the JSCA Stadium after MS Dhoni. However, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar feels the entire stadium should be named after the wicketkeeper-batsman.
Gavaskar made the proposal while he was commentating in the ongoing third Test between India and South Africa in Ranchi, “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,” said the legendary batsman.
Talking about the Test, India lost three wickets at the end of the first session. Proteas’ pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada looked in rhythm and caused all sorts of problems for the hosts. The pacer didn’t take long to make a mark and dismissed Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara early. Anrich Nortje then sent back India skipper Virat Kohli to put the visitors in command. Team India is currently leading the three-match Test series 2-0 with the third Test going on.