None can replace Dhoni, says Pakistani fan

Abbottabad: Adil Taj, an ardent fan of MS Dhoni from Pakistan, on Sunday said former Indian skipper and wicketkeeper is ‘once in a millennium cricketer’ and added that nobody can replace him.

Taking to Instagram, the wicketkeeper-batsman shared a video and captioned the post, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”

The video had the iconic song ‘Mai Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hu’ from Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ playing in the background, Dhoni shared his incredible journey in the Indian side including his run out in the last game against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 semifinal.

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“Dear MS Dhoni aap pal do pal ke shayar nhi ho (you are not a poet for few moments). You are once in a millennium cricketer. You are a legend, you are our hero. You cannot retire from our hearts. As Harsha Bhogle said ‘unforgettable in Blue’, see you in yellow,” Taj told ANI.

Taj further explained what made him a fan of Dhoni and why he liked the player so much.

“How I became a fan of MS Dhoni was not just because he was a reliable player or he was a bloody good captain but because of his down to earth nature. He reacts very simply like he has not done anything after winning major accolades. He is a great human. He has a lot of fan following in Pakistan. My father is also a very big fan of him. In fact, me and my father went to watch the first day’s first show of Dhoni’s biopic in Dubai. His place will never be filled again,” he said.

Dhoni had made his ODI debut in 2004 and since then, he changed the face of Indian cricket with his calm demeanour, sharp understanding of the game, and astute leadership qualities.

He is among the most successful captains in world cricket. It was under his leadership that India lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 after having led India to triumph in the ICC World T20 in its maiden edition of the tournament held in 2007 in South Africa.

With India winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England, Dhoni became the first and is still the only captain to date to have won all three ICC Trophies.

While his heroics in the limited-overs formats are well documented, it was also under his leadership that India became the number one Test side in 2009 and the team stayed at the top for over 600 days.

He has led India to victory in 21 home Test matches, the most by an Indian captain. Leaving behind a rich legacy that will be difficult to replicate, Dhoni holds the record for most international matches as captain (332).

Unarguably the quickest man behind the wicket, Dhoni has 195 international stumpings, the most by any wicket-keeper.

Dhoni played 350 ODIs and scored 10,773 runs with the highest score of 183* against Sri Lanka. In 98 T20Is, he amassed 1617 runs at an average of 37.60.

Also referred to as ‘Captain Cool’, Dhoni is known for his calmness and exquisite captaincy on the field. He was also known for his knack of opting for reviews and many have jokingly remarked to change the ‘Decision-Review System’s’ name to ‘Dhoni-Review System’.

In December 2014, he announced his retirement from Test cricket and gave a chance to the likes of Wriddhiman Saha. Dhoni called time on his Test career after playing 90 Tests, managing to score 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09.

Dhoni was slated to return to the cricket field on March 29 during the IPL’s opening match between CSK and Mumbai Indians.

However, the tournament will now be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. He will continue as CSK’s captain in the IPL 2020.

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