The swashbuckling Afghan wicket-keeper batsman tagged Dhoni as his 'role model'.
Shahzad and Dhoni shared the field on numerous occasions during key multilateral events.
Former Indian cricketer, MS Dhoni, has inspired a generation of cricketers, in both his native country as well as all prominent cricketing nations.
During the promotional video shoot of the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup, the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Virat Kohli heaped praises on Dhoni. The video encapsulated the amount of respect garnered by Dhoni globally during his illustrious 15-year-long career.
Over the years, Dhoni donned the role of a wizardly wicket-keeper, feared finisher, and a calm and composed captain. The Jharkhand stalwart helped India win the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World, 2013 Champions Trophy, and the ICC Test Maze in 2008.
Dhoni is the only captain to clinch all prominent ICC titles. As a result, he finished as the most decorated captain in the history of the sport. Even after stepping down from captaincy, Dhoni marshalled the Indian troops from behind the stumps, grooming the youngsters in the squad.
The greatest legacy left behind by MSD is a world-class unit, which he handed over to young Virat in 2017. Mahi came into the team in the presence of a star-studded Indian lineup in 2004.
During his tenure as captain, Dhoni was responsible for a smooth transition in the Indian team, with the retirement of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman.
Watching Dhoni in action on the field inspired many cricketers, including Afghanistan’s wicket-keeper batsman, Mohammad Shahzad. As the Ranchi-born cricketer announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, tributes for the talismanic cricketer started to flood all over social media.
Shahzad also took to Twitter to pay his tribute for the former Indian captain. “It’s really sad to hear that my favourite and role model MS DOHNI is retiring from cricket. His services to Indian cricket is unforgettable, I will definitely miss you in the field of cricket and your kind advises for my improvement @msdhoni. miss you Mahi,” Shahzad tweeted.
It’s really sad to hear that my favorite and role model MS DOHNI is retiring from cricket . His services to india cricket is unforgettable, I will definitely miss you in the field of cricket and your kind advises for my improvement @msdhoni miss you Mahi🏏🐆🚁💔💔
— MS Shahzad (@MShahzad077) August 15, 2020