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After the first three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), the focus now shifts towards the fourth ODI to be played on Wednesday, October 26. The match is in the spotlight not only because India have taken the crucial 2-1 lead in the series, but also due to a special reason. It will be played in Ranchi, Jharkhand, which is Team India s skipper MS Dhoni s hometown. The build-up for the game has been massive, especially after Dhoni coming into his elements in the third ODI at Mohali with a blistering knock of 80 off just 91 balls. He hit six boundaries and three towering sixes in his knock which played a vital role in team s win besides his deputy Virat Kohli s unbeaten 154.

What made his innings more special was the fact that he promoted himself to play up the order at No. 4. His move worked brilliantly for him and the team as India got home quite comfortably. It also gave the fans a chance to have a look at vintage Dhoni, who would come and play freely with a no holds barred approach and entertain his fans; something they had been missing for a long, long time. However, enough has been said and written about it and we do not intend to talk about it here. Instead, coming back to the Ranchi game, there is an interesting picture that we wish to talk about in this segment.

Back at home, the skipper chose to drive home in his luxurious, giant-of-a-car hummer even as the two teams took the team buses to the hotel from the Ranchi airport. Dhoni s act set the temperature soaring, as the Kiwi players, especially Tom Latham and Ross Taylor were caught in the camera giving looks of astonishment. No wonder this reaction from them, for the Kiwis are a humble, modest lot who do not enjoy the perks of being a cricketer back home in their country as much as their Indian counterparts do.

The fourth ODI, another day-night affair, will be played on Wednesday and New Zealand will look to win it to keep the series alive. As far as Dhoni is concerned, he would look to seal the series at his hometown and make the citizens of Ranchi happy.