IND vs AUS, 3rd ODI: Is it the 'final' homecoming for MS Dhoni?

File photo of MS Dhoni. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Ranchi, Jharkhand, India Mar 08, 2019, 11.16 AM (IST)

India will play visitors Australia in the third One Day International (ODI) At Ranchi and the main focus will be on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, probably for two reasons - first, a pavilion will be inaugurated named after the former captain and second, the game could possibly be Dhoni's last homecoming.

India are playing their last 50-over games before they leave for ICC World Cup scheduled to be held in England. 

Dhoni's unwillingness to hang up his boots, earlier, despite a run of lacklustre performances in 2017 made speculations rife that the 37-year-old will retire after the World Cup.

If yes, then a 3-0 lead in the five-match series will be a perfect parting gift for Ranchi's favourite man.

Meanwhile, just like the Sunil Gavaskar Stand at the Wankhede in Mumbai or the Virender Sehwag Gate at the Kotla in New Delhi, the JSCA Stadium will have its very own Mahendra Singh Dhoni Pavilion.

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Dhoni is also inching closer to another landmark. He’s only 33 short of reaching 17,000 runs in International cricket, having accumulated 16,967 runs so far.

The Men in Blue, who lost the T20 series, lead the five-game series 2-0, having won in Hyderabad and Nagpur respectively.