Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s dream to bring the ICC World Cup to his hometown Ranchi was realised on Thursday, four years after it was won.
As per the International Cricket Council (ICC) rules, the trophy should be exhibited in the hometown of the winning captain. However, it couldn’t happen then, as soon after winning the cup in 2011, Dhoni got busy with the IPL series and missed the opportunity to bring it to his native place.
In fact, this time too, he missed the pride of exhibiting the cup himself as he is currently in Australia playing the triangular series.
In his absence, his first cricketing coach KR Banerjee displayed the World Cup first at Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Shyamali, the school where Dhoni had studied. It was later exhibited at Gossner College, St Xavier's College and Harmu market for public viewing. It will be flown back to Delhi on Thursday night itself.
No sooner did the Star Sports team arrived with the World Cup, students vied with each other to catch the first glimpse of it. The mood at Dhoni's school was electric. Students were proud as one of their illustrious alumnus had won it for them. "We have the first right to touch and feel the trophy as Dhoni won it for us," said Rahul,a Class 7 student.
Banerjee said, "It was a great feeling lifting the cup won by one of my pupil. I am extremely delighted."
Principal Ajay Kumar Singh said, "The trophy belongs to us and I am sure it will remain with us as India under Dhoni is going to win the title this year too."
Ankita Purohit of Class 10, Aayushi Swaroop and Rohit Kumar of Class 9 had the same to say: "We feel proud to be part of the same school where team India captain MS Dhoni learnt his cricketing skills and highlighted Ranchi on the world map."