New Delhi, Jun 18: Ivory Coast football star Didier Drogba admitted he doesn't know much about cricket, but he followed the 2011 World Cup and has now called Indian captain MS Dhoni as a "good leader." Drogba, who played for Chelsea in the English Premier League (EPL) and recently won the Champions League with them, is in India for the first time.
On Sunday, the brand ambassador of Pepsi, was involved in an exhibition football game with Dhoni, former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia at the Thyagaraj Stadium in Delhi.
"I know your captain though I cannot pronounce his name. I followed the last Cricket World Cup. The Indian team were the world champions. I think he (Dhoni) is a very good leader. I know of the captain because I followed the last cricket World Cup," Drogba was quoted as saying in the media.
On asked about cricket, Drogba was candid in his reply. He said it was "too long." Of course, it can be for a footballer, considering the game is over in 90 minutes.
"Didn't follow cricket before, but I followed the World Cup and I know that India won it. It took me very long to understand the game. It is too long, played over many days, but I know India are the champions in it and people in India are crazy about it. So I respect them," he said.
Drogba felt Twenty20 format could change the game.
"This format will change the game. I know that cricket is the number 1 game in India, but football is number 1 in Africa and Europe. I love cricket but football is going to give cricket in India very good competition with this format."
On the popularity of cricket in India and asked about football, he said: "I know cricket is number one here but football is number one sport in the world. It's going to be stiff competition in India (between cricket and football). It's good for the youth as they are going to have the choice."