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MS Dhoni to attend India's 3rd Test against South Africa in Ranchi

Team India has already taken a 2-0 lead in the three-match rubber against the Proteas and will face-off for one final time in MS Dhoni's hometown Ranchi.

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Ranchi Updated on: October 18, 2019 19:01 IST
MS Dhoni likely to attend India's 3rd Test against South Africa in Ranchi
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MS Dhoni likely to attend India's 3rd Test against South Africa in Ranchi

Former India skipper MS Dhoni might have been on a sabbatical post the 2019 World Cup, but Ranchi's favourite son will to be in attendance when Virat Kohli's boys square off against Faf du Plessis' men at the JSCA Stadium for the third Test of the three-match series, starting on Saturday.

"Mahi will definitely come and you will see him during the first day's proceedings tomorrow. I was there with him in Mumbai and he will fly down tomorrow morning," Dhoni's manager and one-time Jharkhand teammate Diwakar told PTI from New Delhi.

"We have sent an invitation to his family. Yeh to unka hi stadium hai (It's his stadium only). He is most welcome anytime," Khan said.

Team India has already taken a 2-0 lead in the three-match rubber against the Proteas and will face-off for one final time in Ranchi. In the past few days, the former skipper has been busy with his commercial commitments.

Earlier, BCCI President-elect Sourav Ganguly said that he would discuss the stumper's future with the national selectors as there have been too many rumours on whether Dhoni will hang his boots or keep playing till the 2020 World T20.

"I need to find out from the selectors when I meet them next. We should find out what the selectors think," Ganguly told reporters in Kolkata. "It's not my opinion. I was nowhere in the picture all these days. My first selection committee meeting will be on the 24th.

"What he (Dhoni) wants to do, what he doesn't (want) to do…What matters is what Dhoni wants. Maybe there is clarity between Dhoni and the selectors, but I do not know of it as yet. Neither side has discussed anything with me. They'll decide on the way forward."

Post the World Cup, Ganguly had said that skipper Kohli's role will be crucial in the matter. "Virat is very important as to what he is communicating to Dhoni. What he (Kohli) expects of him (Dhoni) is very hard to say. But I don't think anybody should jump the gun and pass a statement. If Virat and the team management expect Dhoni to come back and play, he will play. If they feel like moving forward, they would move forward. Of course, the selectors will also play an important role," he had said.

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