Mahendra Singh Dhoni will lead the Jharkhand cricket team for the Vijay Hazare trophy, beginning from February 25 in Kolkata.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni along with his team members left for Kolkata on Tuesday night in an Howrah bound train. This was for the first time in last 13 years when Dhoni travelled in a train from Ranchi.
Fifteen seats in AC-2 of Howrah-Hatia Kriyayoga Express had been reserved for the team. Amid heavy security, the state cricketers caught the train from Hatia station in Ranchi.
“Dhoni has always inspired players of his home state. We are happy with Dhoni’s wish to play for the Jharkhand team. His active support will take the team Jharkhand to another level,” Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) president Kuldeep Singh told Hindustan Times.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni had played last a domestic game for his the state in 2007. His fans in Jharkhand were upset after his removal from captaincy of his IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants. Dhoni had stepped down as India’s limited-over captain at the start of 2017, ahead of the ODIs and T20s against England.
However, JSCA and members of Jharkhand cricket team are happy with Dhoni’s decision. “Jharkhand team is scaling a new heights for last few years under the guidance of Dhoni. We are expecting a remarkable performance in this tournament,” Singh said.
Jharkhand along with Chhattisgrah, Hyderabad, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Saurashtra and Services and Chattisgarh are placed in Group D in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Jharkhand’s first game is scheduled against Karnataka in Eden Garden, Kolkata on February 25.