Former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni has been on a sabbatical from competitive cricket ever since India’s exit in the 2019 World Cup, but the recent reports have suggested that he can be a ‘guest’ commentator for India’s maiden Day-Night Test at the Eden Gardens against Bangladesh.
If host broadcasters Star managed to find a way, Dhoni will be seen in the commentary box on the opening day of the Test match on November 22. As per the reports of IANS, Star has proposed to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly for the pink ball Test, all former captains of the Indian team are to be invited for the first two days of the Test match and will be asked to share their favorite moments from India’s Test history.
The plans are as follows: “Invite India Test captains for Day 1 & 2 of the Test. All captains at the ground along with (Virat) Kohli and the rest of the team as well as the dignitaries line up for the anthem. Captains appear on commentary as guests through the day to recollect their favorite moments from India’s Test history. Down memory lane segments recorded with individual captains are played on the big screen at the ground in breaks Day 4 onwards.”
This will interestingly be the first time that Dhoni will be seen commentating and if the former skipper does accept the invite that has supposedly already been sent, it will undoubtedly be a treat for the fans to listen to Captain Cool. But this isn’t all as far as Star and their planning to make the first pink-ball Test a carnival is concerned. At lunch on the third day, India’s greatest win at Eden Gardens will be celebrated — against Australia in 2001.
The plan further adds: “V.V.S. Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, and Rahul Dravid re-live the Test match (2001). Segments aired on the big
The question marks next to Kumble and Dravid’s name suggest they might have not made their availability known when the documentation was done on Saturday. The host broadcasters also have plans to telecast the training session of the Indian team with the pink ball on the eve of the game. This will be a first in the history of Indian cricket.
The email further read: “Free entry to watch India practice on Friday (B & L block). Live coverage of the practice session on Star. Crowd interaction with legends. Crowd interactions with select India players (at the end of the session).”
In a delight for those who are in attendance at the picturesque stadium, Star is also looking to organize audio commentary for them.