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MS Dhoni may get a permanent seat at Wankhede Stadium

Written by Devendra Pandey
| Mumbai |

Revealed: August 18, 2020 1:01:49 am

MS Dhoni introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket on Saturday. (Supply: File)

The picture of Indian cricket’s most well-known shot, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup-winning heave over lengthy on, began doing the rounds on social media on Saturday. It’s a shot that has grow to be a synonym for all the pieces Dhoni has achieved, and a testomony to his captaincy that noticed the nation win each the 20-over (2007) and 50-over World Cups.

Although the non permanent frenzy on-line was introduced by the 39-year-old saying his retirement from worldwide cricket, there’s a plan on the desk for a everlasting dedication to his achievement after it was proposed to mark the seat within the Wankhede Stadium the place his well-known six landed.

Mumbai Cricket Affiliation (MCA) Apex Council member Ajinkya Naik on Monday wrote a letter to the MCA with the proposal, simply two days after Dhoni introduced the top of a world profession that lasted almost 16 years, and included 90 Assessments, 350 ODIs and 98 T20 Internationals. “As an act of gratitude and tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s immense contribution to Indian cricket, the MCA can dedicate a everlasting seat on his title on the stand the place his well-known World Cup-winning six had landed,” learn Naik’s letter, which has been accessed by The Indian The Press Reporter. “We will discover out the world the place the ball landed – and which seat it was flying to – after Dhoni smashed it to win the 2011 World Cup.”


It’s the primary time there was a proposal for a selected seat in a stadium, and never a whole stand, to be named after a participant in India. Overseas, nevertheless, the thought has been carried out a number of instances.

MS Dhoni hit the ultimate six in opposition to Sri Lanka within the 2011 World Cup closing which gained India the trophy. (Supply: File)

In 1993, on the Melbourne Cricket Floor, a seat within the Nice Southern Stand has been painted yellow to commemorate Simon O’Donnell’s 122-metre six for Victoria over New South Wales. In 2018, the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne painted a third-tier seat purple to honour Large Bash League franchise Melbourne Renegade’s Brad Hodge, who hit a 96-metre six in what was his final match earlier than retiring.

Elsewhere, at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand Cricket determined to honour former all-rounder Grand Elliot by naming a seat after him. Elliot hit a six off South African Dale Steyn’s bowling which secured New Zealand’s first-ever spot in closing of a World Cup again in 2015. The plaque that was positioned on the seat the place the ball landed acknowledged: “Right here Lies the Resting Place of Grant Elliott’s Mighty Six That Propelled the Blackcaps on March 24, 2015, into their maiden World Cup Remaining.”

Just like how Elliot’s effort was honoured, a plan has been put in movement to rejoice Dhoni’s hit.

Within the summit conflict of the World Cup 9 years in the past, Dhoni sealed India’s triumph with a six off Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara’s bowling. The ball landed within the MCA Pavilion. “We will paint and adorn the seat in a novel technique to rejoice Dhoni’s affiliation with historic Wankhede Stadium in Indian cricket historical past,” Naik’s letter mentioned. “The seat is also used as a significant vacationer attraction, like a paid tour of the stadium maybe. It is going to permit the followers to relive essentially the most wonderful second in Indian cricket and will probably be a part of MCA’s heritage. We will have a plaque on that seat with some particular textual content to honour that second.”

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The MCA Apex Council is scheduled to fulfill on Tuesday and it’s seemingly that Naik’s proposal shall be mentioned. He additionally went additional to counsel discovering the World Cup ball that was used within the 2011 closing, which might be preserved within the MCA’s deliberate museum. “It could even be good if attainable to seek out out the place that World Cup ball is,” he added within the letter. “It may be a proud attraction within the upcoming cricket museum. Here’s a small suggestion from me to honour the legendary MS Dhoni.”

Up to now, the Wankhede Stadium has devoted a number of areas to former gamers. There’s the Sachin Tendulkar Stand, the Sunil Gavaskar Stand, and Vijay Service provider Stand. There’s additionally the Polly Umrigar Gate and Vinoo Mankad Gate.
Quickly, there could also be a MS Dhoni seat.

Within the summit conflict of the World Cup 9 years in the past, Dhoni sealed India’s triumph with a six off Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara’s bowling. The ball landed within the MCA Pavilion.

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