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MS Dhoni’s ‘goodwill gesture’ still wins hearts, says Pakistani cricketer

Haris Rauf, a Pakistani pacer, has expressed gratitude to MS Dhoni, the legendary Indian captain, for gifting him his special number 7 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) shirt.

Haris Rauf, a Pakistani pacer, has thanked MS Dhoni, the legendary Indian captain, for gifting him his special number 7 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) shirt, presumably after a good performance against the UAE at the T20 World Cup (UAE).

Pakistan defeated India for the first time in a World Cup tournament, winning by 10 wickets with 13 balls to spare thanks to Rauf’s wicket of Hardik Pandya.

says Pakistani cricketer
says Pakistani cricketer

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MS Dhoni gave Haris Rauf his shirt as a gift.
Haris Rauf thanked Captain Cool for honouring him on social media after receiving the iconic number 7 shirt from MS Dhoni. ‘Still winning hearts through his kind & goodwill gestures,’ the Pakistani pacer wrote. The 28-year-old concluded his Tweet by thanking the CSK coach for his support before sharing photos of the signed jersey.

Rauf is currently in Australia, playing for the Melbourne Stars in the KFC Big Bash League’s 2021/22 season (BBL). The Pakistani pacer was also one of the stars of the recently concluded T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where he helped his country reach the semi-finals. The 28-year-old finished the tournament as Pakistan’s second-highest wicket-taker. He took seven wickets, trailing only spinner Shadab Khan by one wicket.

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Meanwhile, MS Dhoni was most recently seen coaching Team India at the T20 World Cup. The Men in Blue were knocked out of the Super 12 stage after losing their first two matches to Pakistan and New Zealand. Rauf took the wicket of all-rounder Hardik Pandya against India, preventing the Virat Kohli-led side from finishing the innings on a high. Pakistan reached the semi-finals without losing a single game in the group stages after inflicting their first-ever World Cup defeat on India, only to lose to eventual champions Australia in the semi-finals.

Despite turning 40 years old this past July, Dhoni will be back in the CSK colours next season, having been retained by the franchise for a whopping Rs 12 crores.

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