Former India skipper MS Dhoni led India to 2011 World Cup triumph and concluded the proceedings with a six to seal the victory for the team in Mumbai. The ball that went for the maximum has now been spotted.
“As an act of gratitude and tribute to his immense contribution to Indian cricket, the MCA can devote a permanent seat on his name at the pavilion where his famous World Cup-winning six had landed,” read Naik’s letter, which had been accessed by The Indian Express.
“We can paint and decorate the seat in a unique way to celebrate Dhoni’s association with Wankhede Stadium… We can have a plaque on that seat with some special text to honour that moment.”
“Gavaskar informed Ajinkya that his friend knows the person who was at that spot, and even has the ball with him,” an MCA member said.
This was India’s second World Cup in ODI format. They had earlier won it in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. Dhoni has led India to three ICC trophies.
India won the inaugural World T20 in 2007 under his captaincy while they lifted the 50-over World Cup and Champions Trophy in 2013 respectively.
The right-handed batsman announced his retirement from international cricket last month. Dhoni had been out of action since India’s exit from World Cup 2019 after losing to New Zealand in the semi-final.