Former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon has recently opened up his experience during his meeting with the former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni. Nixon was highly impressed with the successful Indian wicket-keeper batsman Dhoni.
Paul Nixon served the England team at his very late age (36-year-old) in 2007 and played 19 ODIs and only T20I for England. During a recent exclusive chat with Cricket Addictor, Nixon revealed that he once coached MS Dhoni for a couple of hours when the Indian wicket-keeper batsman was struggling. Nixon felt fantastic to spent time with Dhoni, whom he mentioned as the great man.
Nixon told Cricket Addictor, “I actually coached the great man, I coached Mr. Dhoni for a couple of hours many years ago. He was struggling, he came with Robin (former India fielding coach Robin Singh). We had a wonderful session. We had a fantastic couple of hours. Every time I see him, he always does a big high five, that’s how things are.”
MS Dhoni hasn’t played a cricket match since ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
The cricket world knows about MS Dhoni very well. He is famous for his versatile roles – as a batsman along with incredible finishing ability, a smart wicket-keeper, a successful captain with a calm and composed nature.
After making his international debut, Dhoni has played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is. Under his long captaincy period, India won the ICC World T20 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and many more reputed trophies. Also, under his captaincy, India reached the top position in the Test team rankings for the first time since the ICC officially began ranking teams in 2003.
The 38-year-old Dhoni hasn’t played a cricket match for more than the last nine months. His last game was for India against New Zealand during the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on 10th July 2019, where he and Ravindra Jadeja just failed to secure a remarkable victory.
Dhoni was aiming to return to the game in late March through the IPL 2020. The IPL 2020 was initially scheduled from 29th March to 24th May 2020. But the coronavirus pandemic has forced to postpone this tournament for the indefinite period.
While Dhoni retired from the Test cricket in late 2014, he hasn’t clarified about the future of his limited-overs international career.