.Afghan batter Mohammad Shahzad’s desire to play for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Dhoni, renowned for his leadership in CSK, had a unique condition for Shahzad’s selection.
Despite retiring from international cricket over three years ago, Dhoni remains a highly respected figure, especially in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he has led CSK to five titles. After matches against CSK, it’s a common sight to see young talents from opposing teams seeking advice from Dhoni.
Asghar Afghan revealed that after a tied match, he had a lengthy conversation with Dhoni about Mohammad Shahzad, who expressed his wish to play for CSK. Dhoni, known for his humor, responded by saying, “Shahzad has got a big tummy, and if he loses 20 kg, I will pick him in the IPL.” Afghan praised Dhoni, calling him a superb captain and a valuable asset to Indian cricket.
The 2018 Asia Cup was memorable for both teams, with a tied match between Afghanistan and India. Dhoni made a surprise return to captaincy for that game, filling in for the resting Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. The match ended in a tie, and Afghan recalled the intense final over where Rashid Khan bowled brilliantly as per the plan, resulting in India needing one run off two balls. Afghan strategically placed fielders, and the plan worked as Jadeja was caught by Najibullah Zadran towards mid-wicket.
Dhoni’s enduring influence is evident not only in the Indian team but also in the IPL, where he continues to be a pivotal figure. The 42-year-old wicketkeeper-batter is set to return for another IPL season with CSK in 2024, having been retained by the franchise in the auction. His legacy, both as a captain and a mentor, remains a key factor in the cricketing world.