Thursday, April 15

With Dhoni’s glasses on, this fan eyes match ball for his collection

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Md Joshimuddin has watched several matches — Tests and one-days — at the Eden Gardens, featuring the Bangladesh national team. He has also watched the IPL games where Bangladeshi players have taken part. But this time, it’s going to be different; not only because Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be present at the stadium for the historic day-night Test, but also because it will be the first time he will be donning MS Dhoni’s sports sunglasses during a match.

The 39-year-old cricket fan from Dhaka’s commercial and business hub — Motijheel — will don the very sunglasses that Dhoni wore in the 2018 edition of IPL, in which he led Chennai Super Kings to victory. “Md Khalil, an official staffer at CSK, is like an elder brother to me and had helped me collect Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves and jersey earlier. Last year, Dhoni handed over the sunglasses,” said Joshimuddin, who has a vast collection of cricketing memorabilia, including 3,000-odd signed bats and over 5,000 signed jerseys.

The only item missing from his vast collection of cricket gear and equipment is the pink ball. And that is what he will be eyeing at the second Test between India and Bangladesh. “I am trying to approach the Cricket Association of Bengal through Bangladeshi players to lay my hands on one of the pink balls that is used in the Test,” he said.

A businessman now, his hobby began in 1996 when he was 16. Now, 23 years later, he has a cricket gear belonging to nearly every international cricketer who has played since. They include bats of Sachin Tendulkar, M S Dhoni, VVS Lakshman, Ricky Ponting, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene; match balls signed by Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Shane Warne and Muttiah Murlitharan; and jerseys of nearly every cricketer of note who has played in the past couple of decades. One of them belonged to South African cricketer Hansie Cronje who died in a plane crash.

“Every piece in my collection tells a story about the cricketer who had worn or used it. I hope to add the pink ball that will be the first ever day-night Test to be played in the sub-continent,” he said.


Source: Times of India

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