Ranji Semis: Dhoni to root for Jharkhand from Nagpur

"He should be there in Nagpur in all probability. He wants to be there. Interactions with him has always been helpful for the boys," said a source close to the team management.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has often trained with the Jharkhand state team during the Ranji Trophy season.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is the unofficial mentor of Jharkhand, is set to watch his state side take on Gujarat in its first ever Ranji Trophy semifinal beginning in Nagpur on Sunday.

Dhoni hasn't played a first-class game since retiring from Tests but often practices with the Jharkhand players during the Ranji Trophy season.

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"He should be there in Nagpur in all probability. He wants to be there. Interactions with him has always been helpful for the boys," a source close to the team management told PTI.

But with the Indian team for the home ODI and T20 series against England expected to be picked in the first week of January, Dhoni might not be there for the whole game.

He dropped in at the nets ahead of Jharkhand’s Ranji Trophy opener against Maharashtra at the Karnail Singh Stadium here in October.

The 35-year-old was also part of the pre-season camp held at the international cricket stadium in Ranchi. He spent time with the team in Chennai too in August on the sidelines of Buchi Babu invitational tournament.