Dhoni refuses to inaugurate the pavilion named after him in Ranchi

India and Australia will take on each other in the 3rd ODI of the series on March 8 at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. It’s also the home of MS Dhoni. Each time he walks out to play at the venue, the crowd erupts and all the eyeballs are on him. The Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) wanted to make this appearance even more special for India’s most successful captain.

At the venue, the Board has named a pavilion after Dhoni which is known as “MS Dhoni Pavilion”. Debashis Chakraborty, the secretary of JSCA mentioned that the Board had asked Dhoni to inaugurate the pavilion ahead of the match between India and Australia.

But the wicketkeeper-batsman refused to do so. Dhoni felt that he belonged to the place and inaugurating a pavilion named after him would make him feel like an outsider. The humbleness of the 37-year-old is not a new thing to the cricketing fraternity and it’s just another instance of that.

“During our last AGM on August 18, 2017, it was proposed that the South Pavilion will be named after MS Dhoni. Then people sitting in front of the dressing room can view MS Dhoni pavilion. The north stand is named after Amitabh Chaudhary,” Chakraborty said as quoted by IndianExpress.com.

“We were deliberating whether to open it on 8th March. But when I asked MSD, he said: “Dada mein toh isika hissa hu. Ghar ka ladka apne hi ghar mein kya inaugurate karega? (I am a part of this ground. How can a person inaugurate something in his own home?). This left me in an awkward spot but this shows his graciousness,” added Chakraborty.



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