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Dhoni an inspiration: Tahir

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

cool Dhoni may have been in the eye of criticism for his on-field behaviour recently but for his teammate Tahir, the former remains "a great inspiration".

In their last match against Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni uncharacteristically lost his cool and rushed on to the field to challenge umpire Ulhas Gandhe's flip-flop on a no ball.

Former came down heavily on India's two-time World Cup-winning who escaped a ban and was let off with a fine of 50 per cent of his match fee.

Talking to reporters at the Kolkata leg launch of Dhoni's global academy, the South African predictably sidestepped on the issue.

"He is a great inspiration for everyone, a great leader and a human being. He is always there to help. That's what motivates me to join the academy to help the kids," Tahir said at the launch, avoiding any questions on the issue.

"Even though I have not announced myself globally as part of the MSD Academy, after I am free. Even if I have to come to or go to any place to help the academy, I am willing to do it. I am always there to help the youngsters whenever I can," said Tahir.

The Dhoni Academy in Kolkata, which has two centres and one in Dubai, is the 17th branch and first in a metro city in

The trial is currently on in the age to 19 for Kolkata centre which will come up in May in They also have plans to bring up a centre in Basirhat.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 15:25 IST