After the phenomenal performance of India in First One Day International against West Indies, India is all set for its Second One Day International at Visakhapatnam.
Yes, you read it right, Visakhapatnam where MSD began his journey. Dhoni is very near to complete his 14 years in international cricket. He had made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in December 2004. India won the match and since then, Dhoni’s graph went upwards.
The 37-year old and the two times World Cup-winning former Skipper walked in and inspecting the pitch alongside Ambati Rayudu and talked with groundsmen on the eve of the second One-day International between India and West Indies.
BCCI tweeted pictures of him talking to the curator and getting the feel of the venue again.
The BCCI tweeted: “ The KING is here! This ground and the city of Visakhapatnam has a special bond. Memories aplenty. Let's create plenty more tomorrow. #TeamIndia #INDvWI”
MS Dhoni longevity is proven by the fact that none of the players that featured in Indian Cricket Squad against Pakistan in the 2005 match are active anymore. That was the knock that made the cricketing world aware for who MS Dhoni is. He scored 148 against Pakistan.
Dhoni has plenty of memories associated with the venue and MS Dhoni would want to recreate some in the game against West Indies. MS Dhoni had praised the city and its beautiful landscapes.
Dhoni in the venue has batted four times so far, aggregating nearly 250 runs with a healthy average of 80 and a strike rate above 100. From more than 13 years ago, Dhoni coming to bat at No.3 after the fall of Sachin Tendulkar , Dhoni changed the complexion of the game.
The bond Dhoni and the venue and the port city share, it was apt when a group of match volunteers declared "MSD is the city's favourite, our favourite". "No one but MSD."