Retired Indian cricketer MS Dhoni has fans all around the world. Former Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf too was a fan of Dhoni. Back in 2006, Musharraf even told him, in the post-match presentation, not to cut his golden-streaked hair locks, which was a trendsetter among boys. The then wicketkeeper-batsman made his international debut under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly.
Dhoni was walking near Wagah border – We pulled him in
In fact, it was the southpaw who backed the then 24-year-old player even when he did not get enough runs in the initial few matches. On Ganguly’s 49th birthday, an old anecdote involving Dhoni is going viral on social media. During Team India’s tour of Pakistan in 2006, Musharraf was interested to know how Ganguly selected the Jharkhand-born Dhoni in the national team.
Ganguly answered the question by saying, Dhoni was just having a walk near the Wagah border and the team recruited him from there. “I still remember Parvez Musharraf asking me from where did you get him? ‘I told him he was walking near the Wagah border and we pulled him in,” Ganguly had recalled at an event in 2018.
MS praised by Sourav Ganguly
During the event in Kolkata, Ganguly further gave the opinion that Dhoni had a phenomenal career for India and he has paved the way for a lot of youngsters to come into the team by sheer hard work. The now 49-year-old believed in his six-hitting prowess and his ability to hit the ball a mile.
Dhoni celebrated his 40th birthday on Wednesday
“He is another champion…Fantastic career for 12-13 years since winning the world Twenty 20. I wish him all the luck because we want champions to go on a high, whenever he goes. I still feel he can hit the ball in the stands. He is a phenomenal cricketer,” Ganguly said.
Dhoni celebrated his 40th birthday on Wednesday, and the wishes kept pouring in from across the world. Players like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Mohammad Kaif, Virender Sehwag, and Yusuf Pathan were among many notable names who wished the former Indian captain on his birthday.
Dhoni is one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsman
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born on July 7, 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. A right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, Dhoni is one of the highest run scorers in ODIs with more than 10,000 runs scored and is considered an effective “finisher” in limited overs formats. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen and captain in the history of the game. He was also the first wicket-keeper to effect 100 stumpings in ODI cricket. Dhoni married Sakshi Singh Rawat, his schoolmate in DAV, Shyamli and a native of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, on 4 July 2010. The wedding took place one day after the couple got engaged. According to Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu, a close friend of Dhoni, the wedding was planned for months.