At the JSCA Stadium, his name is on the southern stand. And if you care to ask, on every street corner there is someone who claims to have played tennis-ball cricket with Ranchi’s favourite son.
“Today, if people have heard of Ranchi, it is because of Mahi bhai,” said Shwetabh Upadhyay, one of the several local bowlers called to assist in India’s nets session on Friday. “I have met him. He is completely down to earth. To us, he is Bhagwan (God). What else can I say?”
Dhoni’s name also came up in Friday’s pre-match press conference, although for entirely different reasons.
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October 19, 2019