India have produced several quality players over the years but when someone asks about a finisher, apart from MS Dhoni, there are hardly any players. Dhoni has recently announced his retirement from the international cricket which left everyone shocked and surprised as well.
MS Dhoni is not only the best finisher in world cricket but one of the best cricketing minds as well as captains. He is the first and only captain to win all three ICC Trophies. Moreover, who can forget Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s winning six at the 2011 World Cup where he took the team to the finish line in Mumbai.
However, to tribute his outstanding achievement, MCA has devoted a seat to MS Dhoni where he hit the famous six. Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Apex Council member Ajinkya Naik on Monday wrote a letter to the MCA with the proposal, right after Dhoni announced the retirement after having a 16-years of career, including 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is.
“As an act of gratitude and tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s immense contribution to Indian cricket, the MCA can devote a permanent seat on his name at the stand where his famous World Cup-winning six had landed,” read Naik’s letter, which has been accessed by The Indian Express. “We can find out the area where the ball landed – and which seat it was flying to – after Dhoni smashed it to win the 2011 World Cup.”
However, this is the first time that a specific seat in a stadium has been named for a player and not the full stand in India.
In the nail-biting World Cup final against Sri Lanka nine years ago, MS Dhoni sealed the deal with a six off Sri Lankan speedster Nuwan Kulasekara’s bowling which landed in the MCA Pavilion.
“We can paint and decorate the seat in a unique way to celebrate Dhoni’s association with historical Wankhede Stadium in Indian cricket history,” Naik’s letter added. “The seat could also be used as a major tourist attraction, like a paid tour of the stadium perhaps. It will allow the fans to relive the most glorious moment in Indian cricket and it will be part of MCA’s heritage. We can have a plaque on that seat with some special text to honour that moment.”
“It would also be nice if possible to find out where that World Cup ball is,” he further added in the letter. “It can be a proud attraction in the upcoming cricket museum. Here is a small suggestion from me to honour the legendary MS Dhoni.”
Meanwhile, the Wankhede Stadium has dedicated some of the few areas to former players like Sachin Tendulkar Stand, the Sunil Gavaskar Stand, and Vijay Merchant Stand. There’s also the Polly Umrigar Gate and Vinoo Mankad Gate as well.