22 June, 2021

M.S. Dhoni: A Real Ageless Copter | By Ashish Nehra

Swashbuckling hitter, unwavering skipper, fit as a fiddle at 37...and there’s still more to Indian cricket’s Dhoni era, writes Ashish Nehra.

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M.S. Dhoni: A Real Ageless Copter | By Ashish Nehra

As India turns 71 next week, Outlook zeroed in on 21 individuals who have made a lasting impression on this country – for both good and bad – so far in the 21 st century. And we got 21 equally important personalities to write on the 21 individuals we chose.

In this column, Ashish Nehra writes on former Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni.  "Anyone can do captaincy, but Dhoni is a true leader. He proved that in 2007, by leading the team to victory in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, writes Nehra.

M.S. and I didn’t play junior-level cricket together, so ours is not a very long association. I saw him for the first time when I played the Duleep Trophy final for North Zone against East Zone in Mohali in March 2004. I didn’t know him at the time. We first met when we played for India in 2005, a one-day international against Pakistan in Kochi. Then, an injury ruled me out of professional cricket for more than three years. My friendship with him began only in 2009, on my return. Since then, we have played many...

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