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Chennai Indian team's star spin bowler R Ashwin praised MS Dhoni while remembering an incident that happened 17 years ago. Ashwin said that he has still not forgotten the trust shown by Mahendra Singh Dhoni by handing him the new ball in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2011 final against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Due to which his career got a new direction and for this he considers himself indebted to the former Indian captain. Dhoni, who is adept at making out-of-the-box strategies, had given the new ball to R Ashwin in the final match of the 2011 IPL, keeping in mind that this budding off-spinner had shown the way to the pavilion to the in-form Chris Gayle on the very fourth ball. That magical night at Chepauk for Chennai Super Kings was just the beginning for Ashwin and since then, in a checkered journey of over a decade, he has played 100 Tests and taken 516 wickets in the traditional format of the game. Ashwin has not forgotten the moment when Dhoni showed faith in him during a felicitation ceremony organized by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association to celebrate the double achievement of 500 wickets and 100 Tests. Ashwin became emotional at the event and said, 'I generally don't look for words to express my feelings. I am really grateful for this honor by coming here.' Giving credit to his first IPL captain Dhoni, Ashwin said, 'In 2008, I met all the great players Matthew Hayden and MS Dhoni in the dressing room of Chennai Super Kings. At that time I was nothing and I played in the team in which Muttiah Muralitharan was there.' According to Ashwin, 'I will be indebted to Dhoni throughout my life for what he gave me. He gave me a chance with the new ball while Chris Gayle was in front and after 17 years Anil Bhai is talking about the same incident. The Chennai team included Ashwin as a local spinner in 2008.