MS Dhoni’s achievement as a captain is surreal, to say the least. He is the only captain in the history of cricket to have won all the three ICC trophies – 2007 World T20, 2011 Cricket World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. Moreover, Dhoni has also led India to the pinnacle in Test cricket.
One of the most notable things during Dhoni’s 9-year long captaincy tenure for India was that whenever he used to collect the trophy after winning a series/tournament, he used to hand it over to a newcomer in the squad. Dhoni might no longer be the Indian captain but he did something similar during the recently held Asia Cup.
Just after India defeated Bangladesh and clinched the 2018 Asia Cup title, Dhoni walked up to stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma and asked him to let the youngest member of the squad, Khaleel Ahmed, hold the trophy.
In his recent interview with TOI, Khaleel stated: "Dhoni bhai asked Rohit Sharma to let me hold the trophy on the dais. He gave me the trophy because I was the youngest member in the team and it was my debut series. It was a memorable experience for me.
"When Dhoni bhai and Rohit asked me to hold the winning trophy, I had no words. I became emotional and will never forget that moment," he added.
It was such an awesome gesture from Dhoni that the Twitterati were running out of adjectives to describe his greatness.
Here are some of the tweets:
Khaleel Ahmed about @msdhoni :— Arnab Singh Dhoni (@onlyformsdhoni) October 8, 2018
"When Dhoni bhai and Rohit asked me to hold the winning trophy, I had no words. I became emotional and will never forget that moment,"
Everyone knows how golden he is. Except few dumb people and experts! #MSDhoni#Dhoni
True leader....— Satyam Aditya Singh (@adityasatyam9) October 8, 2018
The level of respect that Dhoni commands in the team is very high and when he says something, it is followed. Khaleel was made to hold the trophy on the dias and this heart-winning gesture was praised by both public and media. @msdhoni @msdhoni @msdfansofficial @KhushiBafna77 pic.twitter.com/Yvlpq90CA7— VIKAS R MISHRA ???????? (@itss_VM) October 8, 2018
What A Gesture! On Winning Asia Cup, MS Dhoni Asked Rohit Sharma To Let Newcomer Khaleel Ahmed Hold The ... - India Times https://t.co/B1Fv5HNQEF— khalidrafiq (@khalidrafiq109) October 8, 2018
MS Dhoni Love For Other Players https://t.co/hk0VjKMqmk— Wellson (@Wellson35978499) October 8, 2018
Like a tree laden with fruits, he always bends low. WWhat a way to boost and nurture young talents. #Dhoni #AsiaCup2018— Manzoor Pandav (@manzoor_pandav) October 9, 2018
When MS Dhoni asked Rohit Sharma to let Khaleel Ahmed hold the Asia Cup trophy - Times of India https://t.co/5bsXmEeiXp via @timesofindia