'He has got big tummy' - MS Dhoni’s hilarious take on Afghanistan star

Former India skipper MS Dhoni jokingly asked an Afghanistan player to lose weight of around 20 kgs for an Indian Premier League contract back in 2018.

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MS Dhoni (Source - Twitter)

MS Dhoni (Source - Twitter)

The former India skipper, MS Dhoni, has provided guidance to a plethora of aspiring cricketers. Notably, the wicketkeeper batter groomed a lot of individuals in the Indian Premier League who went on to become prominent stars in the world of international cricket. Furthermore, the CSK skipper has been known as the most successful captain, having guided India to win three major titles.

However, former Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan revealed an intriguing interaction he had with MS Dhoni during the Asia Cup 2018. Asghar revealed that his teammate  Mohammad Shahzad was very keen to play for CSK, and he shared his desire with MS Dhoni in 2018 during the Asia Cup. However, MS Dhoni came up with the decisive reply and stated that if Shahzad kept on losing 20 kg of weight, then he would be selecting him for the Indian Premier League.

"After the tied match, I had a long chat with MS Dhoni. He is a superb captain and a god's gift to Indian cricket. He is a nice human being. We spoke about Mohammad Shahzad a lot. I told Dhoni bhai that Shahzad is your big fan. Dhoni said 'Shahzad has got a big tummy and if he loses 20 kg, I will pick him in the IPL'. But when Shahzad returned to Afghanistan after the series, he gained 5 more kgs (laughs), "Asghar Afghan told The Times of India.

The tied match of the 2018 Asia Cup was the best moment for me: Asghar Afghan

Moreover, Asghar Afghan shared that playing with MS Dhoni during the 2018 Asia Cup was the best moment of his career.

"The tied match of the 2018 Asia Cup was the best moment for me. That was the best match. Both Afghanistan and Indian fans were in tension. India needed seven runs to win in the last over and Afghanistan needed one wicket to win the match.  Rashid bowled the last over," he added further.