Former cricketer Yasir Arafat opined that the Pakistan Cricket Team needs a leader like former Indian captain MS Dhoni. Arafat, the retired Pakistani cricketer, recently praised Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his leadership abilities and also said the Men in Green would benefit significantly if they had a leader like Dhoni.
Dhoni, who went onto lead Team India from the 2007 T20I World Cup, became successful to captain the country’s cricketing side in many famous victories. One such victory was the 2007 T20I World Cup which took place in South Africa. The saddening part is that Yasir Arafat was part of the Pakistan squad that lost to India in the final game of the particular tournament.
Yasir, who was participating in the ‘Sports Yaari’ interview, revealed that Dhoni had praised his bowling skills during the particular T20I World Cup. When the interviewer asked him to pick an Indian player in Pakistan’s XI, Arafat took Dhoni’s name and replied, “MS Dhoni is not playing now, but if he had not retired, I would have taken him in the Pakistan XI as a captain. The current Pakistan team needs someone like Dhoni who knows the skill of man-management. Our players are talented, but they need a leader who has qualities like MS Dhoni.”
Yasir Arafat also described how the former Indian captain would back his players and bring the best out of them. Although Pakistan’s current team has the potential to make it big, all they need is a leader to inspire them.
Arafat has played 3 Tests and 11 ODIs for the Pakistan side