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Afsar Zazai on MS Dhoni: “He has been my idol since childhood”

Dixit Bhargav

Afsar Zazai on MS Dhoni

Afsar Zazai on MS Dhoni: Afghanistan’s wicket-keeper has revealed that MS Dhoni is his idol since his childhood.

Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been the apple of a plethora of people’s eyes since his international debut. Among these people are both his fans and several fellow cricketers as well.

After India’s first match of the Asia Cup against Hong Kong, their premier off-spinner Ehsan Khan was vocal about the former Indian captain, claiming Dhoni to be the ‘King of Cricket‘.

Despite his indifferent returns with the bat this year, Dhoni has continued to increase the list of his apprentices with  Virat KohliKedar JadhavRishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul and Mohammad Siraj joining the list in the last month or so. His nature of lending a helping hand to his juniors makes him a very approachable individual.

The most recent cricketer to join this listing is Afghanistan wicket-keeper batsman in Afsar Zazai. In an interview with Sportstar, Zazai was quoted, “He [Dhoni] has been my idol since childhood. I like his coolness. His attitude on and off the field is remarkable.”

Mohammed Shahzad, Afghanistan’s swash-buckling wicket-keeper opening batsman, has also expressed his admiration for Dhoni and the helicopter shot in the past.

Zazai was also vocal about the ongoing Afghanistan Premier League, where he is playing for Kabul Zwanan. Lots of Afghan people, who live in the UAE, had come to support at the recent Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. I hope those fans come for the APL matches too,” said Zazai about his expectations regarding people looking forward to the APL.

Having made his international debut (one and only T20I played so far) against Kenya at Sharjah in 2013, Zazai last played for Afghanistan during their inaugural Test against India at Bengaluru earlier this year. Zazai has played 17 ODIs for his nation, scoring 264 runs at an average of 17.60 and a strike rate of 54.09.

Below are some of the recent Twitter reactions on Dhoni:

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav


Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who works as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. Having written more than 10,000 articles across more than five years at TSR, his first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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