MS Dhoni asked this ‘big-bellied’ player to lose weight for IPL: What happened next was funny – Magazine Creations

Former Afghanistan cricket captain Mohammad Asghar Afghan shared his experiences and interactions with Indian cricket legend MS Dhoni. In an interaction with The Times of India, he highlighted Dhoni’s influence and stature in the world of cricket.

Afghan’s tenure as captain, from 2015 to 2021, coincided with Afghanistan’s remarkable rise in international cricket, a journey he remembers fondly, especially the 2018 Asia Cup where they drew a draw against Dhoni’s India.

The Afghan thanked BCCI and IPL for helping Afghan cricket grow. He expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by the BCCI in 2014, such as offering them a home. This support helped players like Rashid Khan and Mujibur Rahman become stars.

Memorable interaction with Dhoni

After the drawn match in the 2018 Asia Cup, Al Afghan recalled a conversation with MS Dhoni. They discussed Mohammad Shahzad, a fellow Afghan player and a big fan of Dhoni. MSD commented humorously on Shehzad’s fitness, suggesting that losing weight could open up opportunities for him in the Indian Premier League.

“He (Dhoni) is a great captain and God’s gift to Indian cricket. He is a nice human being. We talked about Mohammad Shehzad a lot. I told Dhoni bhai that Shehzad is your biggest fan. Shehzad has a big belly and if he loses 20 kg, I will pick him in the Indian Premier League,” Dhoni said. But when Shahzad returned to Afghanistan after the series, he gained another 5 kg.”

Cricket jump in afghanistan

Afghanistan’s performance in the recent ICC ODI World Cup 2023 was remarkable. It finished sixth and secured participation in the ICC Champions Trophy.

This achievement represents a departure from the previous ‘minnows’ mark and reflects the team’s increasing prowess in international cricket.

Read the full interview on TOI here.

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Published: Dec 09, 2023 11:21 AM IST


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