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MS Dhoni Pays Surprise Visit to 'Check' Ranchi Pitch Ahead of Third Test

The curator of the JSCA stadium, however, played down Dhoni's visit, saying it had nothing to do with the upcoming contest between the two teams.

Cricketnext Staff |March 9, 2017, 7:53 PM IST
MS Dhoni Pays Surprise Visit to 'Check' Ranchi Pitch Ahead of Third Test

New Delhi: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a surprise visit to the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi — the venue for the third Test between India and Australia, as reported by NDTV.

It will be a historic day for the Ranchi stadium as it will be making its maiden bow in the longest format of the game.

The third match of the four-match Border-Gavaskar trophy is scheduled to be played from March 16, which will the first time that the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium will be hosting a Test.

The curator of the JSCA stadium, however, played down Dhoni's visit, saying it had nothing to do with the upcoming contest between the two teams.

"When he's here, he often visits the stadium for fitness work out and spends long time at the gym. Today was no different. He also saw the wicket and we had an informal discussion. This is not unusual for me," SB Singh told NDTV.

"He has never intervened in pitch preparation in the last four years. Being such a great player, I always look forward to his inputs on the quality of wicket," said Singh.

Singh also revealed that the pitch will be suitable for both batsmen and bowlers and will last full five days, unlike the first two Tests of the series.

"The pitch will suit both the batsmen and bowlers and will definitely last five days," Singh told NDTV.

MS Dhoni is currently playing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where his team — Jharkhand — has made it into the quarter-finals.

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