One name Drogba can’t pronounce — Dhoni

Ex Chelsea striker doesn’t reveal his next move but says it’ll be 'interesting'.

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Ivory Coast and Chelsea star striker Didier Drogba may not understand the nuances of cricket. In fact, he admits he can’t even pronounce the name of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Guess what he did after landing in Delhi. He followed the last 50-over World Cup, learnt the game’s rules, and concluded that it’s played “over many days”. Well, if only someone had cared to tell him more about Twenty20.

 “It took me time to understand cricket,” Drogba revealed. “But some players in England, where cricket is very popular like in India, explained the game to me and I too found it very exciting."

But so what that he’s a self-confessed cricket ignorant; wouldn’t he know how tough it is to win a World Cup and what makes a leader?  “Winning any game, football or cricket, is difficult without a good leader,” he said.

The 6000-odd spectators gathered at the Thyagraj Indoor Stadium to have a glimpse of the Chelsea legend.

As Drogba bowed to acknowledge the applause, the happiness of the fans knew no bounds. "I can see a lot of Chelsea fans out here. The Champions League was great moment for all of us. I am happy that we have been able to do it for all you fans out here," Drogba, who is now likely to switch over to a new club, said.

“It was important for me to achieve what I did in Chelsea. I have been the top scorer twice. I won everything and I’m proud. It was only after the Champions League victory that I calmly thought about my next move. It’s important for me to move on when I am still on top. The next step is interesting. I will announce it soon. But as of now you will just have to wait,” said Drogba, who is now likely to switch over to a new club.

Some young Delhi boys like Karan Randhawa, Rahul Bhardwaj and Stanzin Sonam got a chance to interact with Drogba and then play a football match against Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Harbhajan Singh and Murali Vijay. ­­

—With inputs from agencies

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