In an exclusive interview with Times of India, Chennai Super Kings pacer, Mukesh Choudhary, revealed how his team captain inspired his journey in cricket. MS Dhoni’s iconic winning six in the 2011 ODI World Cup left a deep impression on the young Choudhary.
Choudhary’s cricket journey
The 25-year-old has always been playing cricket since he was a kid but never thought of taking cricket seriously until he watched Dhoni’s iconic six. He was still 15 years old when he watched the 2011 ODI World Cup with his father.
"Whenever I see that winning six, I get goosebumps. The moment Dhoni Sir hit that winning six and hugged Yuvraj Singh, I decided I would also aim to play for India someday. I used to play cricket, but I began taking the game more seriously after that historic moment. The 2011 World Cup team inspired me a lot. I spoke about that triumph with Dhoni, sir. He has an abundance of knowledge," the pacer said.
Choudhary started his cricket journey by playing for his school, then college, and took it further to the Ranji level. At that time, his parents didn't even know that Choudhary had always played cricket regularly. It was only until his name started to appear in newspapers that his parents knew about his cricket career. Luckily, both of his parents were very happy about it because they saw how Choudhary had grown in cricket.
Choudhary made his IPL debut against the Lucknow Super Giants. He was not able to catch any wickets at first and conceded 39 runs, but he made it up by claiming four wickets in the next four matches.
MS Dhoni as role model
When Choudhary finally got the chance to be in the same team as his role model, he used the chance really well to help him improve. He shared that Dhoni was always willing to assist him by participating in an active discussion or providing feedback after each match.