When I first met MS Dhoni, he said Imran bhai, you are welcome in my room anytime: Imran Tahir

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Srinagar, July 24: South African spinner Imran Tahir has praised former Team India skipper MS Dhoni for his down to earth attitude and said that Dhoni encourages everyone around him.

Imran Tahir said this while speaking to Anis Sajan on in a Facebook Live session chat show ‘Cricket Unplugged’.

Tahir recalled first time he met Dhoni and the moment when Dhoni invited him to his room. “I had been watching him (Dhoni) on TV. But I never met in person. I first met him when I got picked for Pune and actually I was quite nervous, I didn’t know how to react,” Tahir said.

“But I was amazed, I was outside my room door and he came to me from his room and said: ‘Imran bhai, welcome. This is my room and you are more than welcome anytime,” he added. 

“This is probably the best thing to hear from a legend like Dhoni. Like I said, it was very kind of him. He is such a down to earth guy. I thought ‘If you are offering me that, I am definitely coming to your room’. That was very kind of him,” Tahir said.

Pakistan born bowler revealed that Dhoni would bring mangoes for the CSK team. “Like I said, that was the first time I met him personally. We used to go to his room, we still go because he gets mangoes coming in from all over the world. We love to eat that. All of us.”

Imran Tahir has so far played 55 IPL matches in which he has picked up 79 wickets atn average of 20.39 and an economy rate of 7.88.