The MCA will auction the Wankhede Stadium seats where MS Dhoni’s iconic 2011 World Cup final-winning six landed, with the proceeds earmarked to fund scholarships for up-and-coming cricket talents.

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has decided to auction the seats at the Wankhede Stadium on which the ball landed after legendary India captain MS Dhoni struck the 2011 ODI World Cup winning six against Sri Lanka. Earlier in April, MCA extended an invitation to Dhoni to inaugurate a commemorative monument constructed at the exact spot where the iconic six landed, leading to the removal of five pavilion chairs.

MCA intends to utilize the proceeds from the auction to establish scholarships for budding cricket talents.

“To eternalize the glory of this moment, the two seats where the ball landed at the Wankhede Stadium after MS Dhoni struck the ICC World Cup 2011 winning six will be auctioned by the MCA. The funds collected from this auction will be utilised to provide scholarships to emerging players,” the association posted on X.

In 2011, India achieved a historic milestone by winning the ODI World Cup on home turf, making Dhoni only the second Indian captain, after Kapil Dev, to claim this prestigious title.

Although the moment stands out as one of the most unforgettable in Indian cricket history, the former skipper had earlier revealed that the iconic six didn’t mark the winning moment for him.

“The best feeling was 15-20 minutes (before the winning moment). We didn’t need a lot of runs, the partnership was well-placed, there was a lot of dew. And the stadium started to sing Vande Mataram. That atmosphere I feel is very difficult to recreate – maybe in this (2023) World Cup, there is a similar scenario, once the stadium, the fans start contributing. You know, it’s a very difficult (atmosphere) one to replicate. But it can only be replicated if the occasion is similar to that (in 2011) and there are like 40, 50 or 60,000 people who are singing,” said Dhoni during a conversation with his former Chennai Super Kings teammate Michael Hussey.

Last Updated on September 15, 2023

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