Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

MS Dhoni plays drums, dances to entertain crowd at Ranchi stadium ahead of third India-England ODI

MS Dhoni plays drums, dances to entertain crowd at Ranchi stadium ahead of third India-England ODI

MS Dhoni will be playing his first international match at Ranchi against England on Saturday © AFP

Ranchi: Jan 18, 2013

First he became a drummer, then did an impromptu jig as Mahendra Singh Dhoni enthralled one and all in a different avatar during the inauguration of the newly constructed Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium at Ranchi on Friday.

“Personally, it’s a special moment for me. The journey begins tomorrow. It’s the beginning of a new innings,” Dhoni said in his speech.

Offered the drum by troupe leader Nandlal Nayak, Dhoni, normally a reserved person, readily put the sling around him as the Indian captain joined other 179 drummers who were dressed in warrior style that marked the one-hour inauguration ceremony.

Dressed in a white jacket and a pair of blue denims, Dhoni looked relaxed as he was accompanied to the venue, adjacent to the cricket stadium, by his wife Sakshi.

Addressing the gathering, Dhoni thanked the efforts of the people involved in constructing the stadium which began on June 19, 2009.

Dhoni said the cricket venue would put Ranchi in world map and the Jharkhand capital would need no introduction from now onwards.

“When I first joined the team, people were asking me the place I belonged to. I used to say I am from India and the next thing I would say I am from a place called Ranchi in Jharkhand. I used to explain Ranchi giving various routes like it is a place closer to Kolkata, near Jamshedpur. We are the richest state in natural resources.”

“But, after the stadium was built it has now become an international venue. At least, we need not have to explain further about Ranchi in the cricket playing nations,” he said proudly.

“It is a proud beginning; proud moment for people of Jharkhand. Now we are looking forward to a lot of support from the people tomorrow. I would like to thank each and everyone who have contributed in the making of the stadium. Now its up to the people of Jharkhand to make tomorrow’s game very special,” Dhoni concluded.

Describing it as a remarkable piece of work, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) supremo N Srinivasan said,”It will now become the pride of this region. I’m very happy for Dhoni who captains the team in all the three formats and also is the skipper of my favourite IPL team (Chennai Super Kings).”

ECB chairman Giles Clarke was also present along with his wife as he termed this an outstanding venue.

“We are really thankful for getting the opportunity to play the first match here,” Clarke said.

Earlier state governor Syed Ahmed jointly inaugurated the venue along with BCCI supremo Srinivasan.

The stadium complex houses two tennis courts, an indoor cricket academy, an under construction swimming pool besides the main cricket ground with 39,000 seating capacity.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 16, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 17, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

More

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Australia Women won by 6 wkts

T20 WC 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Sri Lanka won by 6 wkts

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 4, 2014  at Dhaka

England Women won by 9 wkts

T20 WC 2014

Apr 4, 2014  at Dhaka

India won by 6 wkts

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 3, 2014  at Dhaka

Australia Women won by 8 runs

Photos

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play cricket

Videos

Steven Finn rips apart Sussex with 6 for 80

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014: Stats comparison of bowlers

IPL 2014: Bowlers to watch out for in the tournament

IPL 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders’ all-rounders hold key to success

IPL 2014: Utility players who can make a difference

IPL: What value does a franchisee owner bring to the side by sitting in the dugout?

Australia BCCI ICC World T20 2014 India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Moments in history Mumbai Indians Pakistan PCB Sachin Tendulkar

Supreme Court allows Sundar Raman to continue as IPL 2014 COO

N Srinivasan cannot discharge duties in BCCI: Supreme Court

IPL 2014: Reuters, AFP, AP to boycott tournament

Supreme Court asks BCCI to conduct probe against those named in Mudgal Committee report

IPL 2014: Shahrukh Khan entertains guests at gala dinner

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014: Stats comparison of bowlers

Fred Root: An innovator on the field, a radical off it

IPL 2014: Rohit Sharma will be tested as captain this season

David Holford — The cousin of Garry Sobers who was a handy all-rounder himself

IPL 7: Top batsmen to watch out for

Fan of the Day

Cyrus Irani

Cyrus Irani

767 Posts | 24 Fans

ICC World T20 2014: Video of Virat Kohli and Kumar Sangakkara showing mutual respect after final at Dhaka

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014: Stats comparison of bowlers

BCCI chief Srinivasan named in IPL spot-fixing probe report, Sundar Raman to stay on as IPL7 COO

6 tips to make the most of your pediatrician’s visit

Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are compatible with 20 Galaxy devices

Twitter’s CEO, top share holders won’t sell off shares

IPL 2014: Rohit Sharma will be tested as captain this season

Shibani Dandekar reveals her fitness and beauty mantras

Priyanka vs Varun: A war for controlling Gandhi surname or is it really ideology?

Also on cricketcountry.com