After Sunday’s emphatic win, M.S. Dhoni’s boys surely deserve the best.
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who were so far lodged in a standard hotel in Morabadi, shifted base to Radisson Blu — Ranchi’s only five-star accommodation — on Monday. While players moved to their new address by turn early in the morning, their luggage and support staff followed in an official bus in the afternoon.
Captain Cool M.S. Dhoni, however, chose to stay home in Harmu.
CSK’s local manager Rajesh Verma said the team could not be accommodated at the elite hotel earlier because of space crunch.
“Owing to last-minute changes in fixtures following the unrest in Hyderabad over the Telangana issue, Ranchi was gifted two more matches against the three ties slated earlier. Hence, bookings could not be done at one place. But, the three other CLT20 teams left Ranchi this morning and we decided to shift our boys,” he added.
Dhoni, who surprised his hometown fans with a Mohawk hairstyle during the match against the Titans on Sunday, is staying in his bungalow Shaurya. “He is shuttling to the stadium as and when required to keep his commitment to the team. He even took some of his teammates and officials for a city ride a couple of days ago,” said a source.
During a news conference the other day, CSK coach Stephen Fleming had mentioned visiting Dhoni’s childhood hangouts in Shyamali Colony. He had described the ride as “fun-filled”.
At the ground level, there were no practice matches at the JSCA international stadium in Dhurwa on Monday since Brisbane Heat, Titans and Trinidad and Tobago left for Mohali, where two more tournament matches are scheduled on Tuesday.
Players of CSK, sources said, largely restricted themselves to their new hotel throughout the day. In the evening, Dhoni and teammate Suresh Raina turned up at the stadium as chief guests for the annual prize distribution ceremony of Ranchi District Cricket Association (RDCA).
RDCA president Md Wasim said 14 prizes in team events and 15 in individual categories were given away. “Dhoni and Raina looked refreshed after yesterday’s match,” he added.
Addressing the gathering, Dhoni reiterated that Jharkhand was a talent mine, but inadequate infrastructure was a roadblock. “Cricket needs more support at the ground level so that local talents are properly groomed and get an ambience to grow,” he said.