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MS Dhoni declines invitation to inaugurate the ‘Dhoni Pavilion’ at JSCA Stadium in Ranchi

The Jharkhand State Cricket Association had invited MS Dhoni to inaugurate a pavilion named after him at the JSCA stadium. The former Indian captain said that he would not like to inaugurate something in his own home.

Written by Rahul Sadhu | New Delhi |
Updated: March 7, 2019 4:25:11 pm
ms dhoni, ms dhoni pavillion, dhoni stand, ms dhoni stand, ranchi cricket stadium, india vs australia, ind vs aus ranchi, cricket news, indian express JSCA had planned to ask MS Dhoni to inaugurate his stand before the third ODI between India vs Australia began. (Source: PTI)

Despite his innumerable achievements in cricket, MS Dhoni has proven time and again that he’s a man of humility and modesty. Another example of this trait was visible on Wednesday when he politely declined to inaugurate the pavilion named after him at the JSCA Stadium.

According to Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) secretary, Debashis Chakraborty, the JSCA had asked MS Dhoni to inaugurate his stand before the third ODI between India and Australia began.

“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 told

“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?)”

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The former Indian captain, Chakraborty said, made it clear that if he did the inauguration, it will make him feel that he is “not a part of this ground” and that he is thankful to the JSCA to have given him this recognition. “This left me in an awkward spot but this shows his graciousness,” Chakraborty added.

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The third ODI between India and Australia will be held on Friday. India are currently leading the five-match series by a margin of 2-0 after beating the visitors in Hyderabad and Nagpur.

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