Meeting MS Dhoni for the first time left Dhruv Jurel, a young cricketer with Rajasthan Royals, feeling awestruck. Dhoni, who retired from international cricket in August 2020, remains an inspiration to many young cricketers worldwide. In IPL 2021, Yashasvi Jaiswal had greeted the legendary cricketer with folded hands to show his respect.
Jurel, who made his IPL debut for Rajasthan Royals against Punjab Kings in Guwahati, has been in good form. In four matches, he has scored 62 runs at a strike rate of 182.35, providing much-needed stability to Rajasthan’s struggling middle order. Follow your favourite IPL team with attractive betting odds from NextBet.
Jurel met Dhoni for the first time during a match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings on April 12. In an interview with Humans of Bombay, he said, “It was surreal to meet players I grew up admiring. When I saw Mahi Bhai for the first time, I stood at a distance and stared at him for five minutes. I thought, ‘I just have to work hard and reach that level.'”
Jurel went on to share his experience of speaking with Dhoni, “But nothing tops the last match. Not only did I share a field with Mahi Bhai, but I also spoke to him! When I asked him how he always stays calm, he said, ‘As a finisher, you only get 1-2 overs to make your mark. Just believe in yourself and start hitting.’ Now, that’s what I plan to do, so I can get where he is… After all, nothing’s impossible!”
Dhoni’s advice seems to have resonated with Jurel, who hopes to emulate the great cricketer’s success. While Dhoni has retired from international cricket, he continues to inspire young cricketers like Jurel, who are eager to follow in his footsteps. Follow NextBet Sports to get latest updates from the world of sports.