You can take out the leadership duties from MS Dhoni but not an in-built leader in him. The Ranchi Lad has already given enough reasons for his fans to cherish him. Now, the youngster, Khaleel Ahmed revealed yet another reason to double up the love on MS Dhoni. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma too played his part in it.
Khaleel Ahmed achieved his dream-come-true moment by playing for India in the Asia Cup 2018. He returned home with good numbers in his kitty and memorable moments to cherish for the lifetime as well.
I had no words when MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma asked me to hold the trophy – Khaleel Ahmed
The premium fast bowler revealed MS Dhoni requested Rohit Sharma to give the cup to me to lift on the dais. Further, Khallel also added saying it was the memorable moment for him, as the two stalwart players asked him to do so.
He went on to say quoting the moment was emotional for him and also blessed to play alongside MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma in his debut game for team India.
“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 of 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 said.
“Dhoni walked up to me and said ‘ pace maintain Kar Ke Rakh Aur Thoda Aage daal’ (maintain your pace and bowl a bit forward). I tried it twice and it worked for me. Finally, I managed to break the opening stand. We all are lucky to have Dhoni in the team,” an elated Khaleel told TimesofIndia.com.
I am excited to play under Virat Kohli – Khaleel Ahmed
Further, the youngster also showed his optimistic side in making it to the squad against the Windies. He is excited to play under the regular skipper of India, Virat Kohli in the limited-overs challenge against visiting the Windies’ team.
“I am happy with the way I performed in the Asia Cup. I hope to play against West Indies at home. Hope I have impressed the selectors. I am excited to play under Virat Kohli,” the 20-year-old added.
However, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for the youngster in the near future.