MS Dhoni, former Indian captain, recently sent shockwaves around the cricketing world when he announced his retirement from international cricket.
Dhoni, who last represented India during the 2019 World Cup semi-final encounter against New Zealand at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, brought an end to the speculation around his international future by announcing his retirement from international cricket via a social media post.
Since then, there has been an avalanche of messages and tributes for the legendary two-time World Cup-winning captain from both his fan as well as current and former cricketers.
One of the many inspirational things from the journey of MS Dhoni as an Indian cricketer was the fact that proved to everyone that one doesn’t necessarily need to come from urban centers to make it to the Indian cricket.
‘We have all grown up wanting to be MS Dhoni’-KL Rahul
Dhoni’s success gave wings of aspiration and confidence to small-town cricketers which also includes stylish Karnataka and India batsman KL Rahul, who highlighted this fact in a recent video shared by the IPL social media handle.
“It was quite an emotional moment for the whole country and for world cricket. We have all grown up wanting to be MS Dhoni. Specially for someone like me who comes from a small town, he was our hero. We always told our families look it doesn’t matter where you come from, you can always go and try and achieve your dreams,” KL Rahul said in a video posted by the Indian Premier League .
“I am sure I won’t have enough words to tell him . I will just give him a long hug and say thank you and probably ask him to go easy on Kings XI this time,” Rahul added.
Incidentally, KL Rahul made his Test debut in what turned out to be MS Dhoni’s last five-day game- Melbourne 2014.