Former Indian captain MS Dhoni is an inspiration for Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan’s captain across formats. In his pre-departure press conference for the tour of Zimbabwe, Sarfraz revealed that Dhoni has inspired him by the way he led India in all the three formats of the game. “MS Dhoni has led his side well as a captain in all three formats of the game, so I definitely do get inspired by him,” he said.
“I have only met him once, which was at the 4th June 2017 during the India-Pakistan game. When I look at him as a player and as a captain, I definitely get inspired by him,” Pakistan skipper added. It was under Sarfraz’s captaincy that Pakistan defeated India in the final of ICC Champions Trophy to win the tournament for the first time.
He was given the captaincy in the ODI format after Azhar Ali stepped down from the post. Shortly after that, he was also given the mantle of the team in the longest format of the game after the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq. He continues to lead the team successfully, despite the fact that Pakistan are deprived of the home advantage.
Talking of Dhoni, he was appointed as the captain of India in ODI format after leading the team to World Cup triumph in T20 World Cup 2007. Soon, he also took the captaincy job in Test format after the retirement of Anil Kumble in 2008. He continued to perform the job of captain in all the three formats till 2014, before he retired from Test cricket.
Following team India’s dim show in coming years, he also gave up limited-overs captaincy at the start of 2017, handing the job to Virat Kohli. Interestingly, India had won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 under Dhoni and lost to Sarfraz-led Pakistan in 2017 under Kohli.
Meanwhile, Pakistan are all set to face Zimbabwe and Australia in a T20I tri-series followed by a five-match ODI series in the month of July. Dhoni, on the other hand, is currently in the UK as he is the part of India’s limited-overs team for the series against Ireland and England.