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Dhoni wanted to earn Rs 30 lakh and live peacefully: Jaffer

Last updated on: March 30, 2020 12:39 IST
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also named captain of Wasim Jaffer's all-time IPL team

IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named captain of Wasim Jaffer's all-time IPL team. Photograph: BCCI

Former India World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wanted to earn just Rs 30 lakh from cricket and then live peacefully in his hometown, Ranchi, recalled veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer.


Jaffer, who shared the dressing room with the former India captain earlier in his career, said Dhoni, who captained India to the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 50-over World Cup titles, once told him that all he wanted was to "make 30 lakh from playing cricket".

"In his 1st or 2nd year in Indian team, I remember he said he wants to make 30lakhs from playing cricket so he can live peacefully rest of his life in Ranchi," posted Jaffer on his Twitter handle, in reply to a query from a fan on Saturday.

The former Mumbai batsman, who earlier this month retired from all forms of cricket, was replying to a fan on his favourite memory with M S Dhoni.

Dhoni has not played for India in the last eight-and-a-half months ever since the World Cup semi-final loss against New Zealand.

He was supposed to make a comeback in the IPL when leading Chennai Super Kings, but the cash-rich tournament, which was originally scheduled to begin on Sunday, March 29, was postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jaffer also picked his all-time IPL team, and named Dhoni its captain.

His team features opener Rohit Sharma, current India skipper Virat Kohli, all-rounder Hardik Pandya, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and pacer Jasprit Bumrah as seven domestic players.

The foreign players in his team are West Indies swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle, all-rounder Andre Russell, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, and Sri Lanka's veteran pacer Lasith Malinga.

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is his 12th man.

Earlier this month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India postponed the IPL to April 15, 2020, as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 outbreak.

It also assured that it will work in unison with the Sports Ministry and adhere to the guidelines issued.

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