Former India captain MS Dhoni apparently hosted dinner for the entire team at his Ranchi home ahead of the 3rd ODI against Australia. The entire team was present for dinner. It seems like Dhoni is making the most of his time in Ranchi. Dhoni is nothing short of a superstar in Ranchi and ever since he landed in the city there has been a lot of buzz. The players looked relaxed in their casual outfits as Dhoni, the host was seen donning a black jacket teamed with a cool cap. The team seemed to be enjoying their time with each other ahead of the crucial 3rd ODI.
Here is the picture from the dinner at Dhoni’s Ranchi residence.
Meanwhile, Dhoni registered a rare golden duck in the second ODI at Nagpur. But he made up for it with the gloves in his hand as India went on to win the match by eight runs to take a handsome 2-0 lead in the ongoing five-match ODI series. With the win at Nagpur, India also became the second team after Australia to register 500 ODI wins.
Dhoni is expected to play a pivotal role for the Men in Blue in the upcoming World Cup. He will bring all his experience to the table which would be invaluable for the team.
The Ranchi ODI is slated to be played on March 8 where India will look to seal the series with a win. This is expected to be ejDhoni’s final homecoming forms a poignant subplot of an utterly dominant Indian team’s quest for an unassailable 3-0 lead in the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi on Friday. A 3-0 lead in the five-match series will be a perfect parting gift for Ranchi’s favourite son, who, in all likelihood, will be seen wearing the India Blues for the last time at his home ground.
There has been a sense of deja vu every time Dhoni has stepped on to the field in the ongoing series. It reminded many of Tendulkar’s penultimate Test series against Australia in 2013, when the cheer from the stands would amplify with each passing match.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant.
Australia: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.