Found Dhoni near Wagah border: Sourav Ganguly had jokingly told Musharraf

first_imgFormer Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf is a self-confessed fan of MS Dhoni. The Ranchi cricketer had mesmerised Musharraf not just with his big-hitting skills but also with his much-talked-about long hair during the nascent stages of his career.In 2006, Dhoni won a lot of hearts in Pakistan on his maiden tour across the border in 2006. The wicketkeeper-batsman played a couple of match-winning knocks during India’s 4-1 win in the ODI series and made himself an indispensable member of the Indian side.As it turns out, Sourav Ganguly, who had led the team during to Pakistan during the 2006 tour, has recalled Musharraf’s admiration for Dhoni.The former India captain revealed that Musharraf had asked him where he had found Dhoni and that he had jokingly told the former Pakistan leader hepicked up the big-hitting stumper from near the Wagah border.”I still remember Pervez 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 said while speaking at Tollygunge Club in Kolkata.Also read: Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group’In a heartwarming episode during a post-match presentation ceremony on India’s 2006 tour, Musharraf had even advised Dhoni to keep his long hair.Dhoni though went on trim his hair after India’s triumph in the inaugural World T20I in South Africa. Incidentally, India had defeated Pakistan in the final that went down the wire.Meanwhile, Ganguly insisted that even “champion players” like Dhoni need to keep performing in order to retain their places in the squad while discussing the 37-year-old’s future in international cricket.”He [Dhoni] is another champion… Fantastic career for 12-13 years since winning the World Twenty 20. Just like everyone else he has to perform,” Ganguly added.”There’s one must in life: whatever job you do, wherever you are, whatever age you have, how much experience you have, you have to keep performing at the top level otherwise someone else will take your place.”advertisementAlso read: VVS Laxman hopes MS Dhoni emulates IPL 2018 form in 2019 World CupDhoni’s place in the senior national side has become a hot topic of discussion, especially after he was dropped from the T20I side. The World Cup-winning former captain, who has got the backing of captain Virat Kohli and the team management, is expected to continue at least until the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.Dhoni has been under-par in the 50-over format as well, managing just 275 runs 20 matches at 25. The senior campaigner’s absence from domestic tournaments has raised serious concerns as he has struggled without match practice in the recent past.Also see:last_img read more