Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s popularity around the globe is probably only matched by Sachin Tendulkar. The amount of respect he commands on and off the field is phenomenal and even his opponents think the same.Dhoni’s prowess with the bat was a sight to behold during his heydays and was regarded as the greatest finisher in one-day internationals. His captaincy brought about a revolution in Indian cricket as kept bringing home ICC trophies one by one.Even now when he’s not the captain of the team anymore, Dhoni holds his own as one of the most respected figures in world cricket.Dhoni even has a huge fan following across the border in Pakistan as well. India’s 2006 tour to Pakistan helped him build a strong fan base in the country when he went there as an explosive wicketkeeper-batsman sporting long hair which even then president Pervez Musharraf took notice of.And his fan base still remains to this day. Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik on Friday had a Q & A session with his fans on twitter when one of his follower’s asked him to say a few words on Dhoni.To which Malik replied in just two words, “Legend GOAT”, which means Greatest of All Time. Legend GOAT- Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) 14 September 2017Malik, who is married to Indian tennis superstar Sania Mirza, is good friends with Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Kohli thanks to the number of matches these cricketers have played against each other over the years.advertisementYuvraj is the senior-most in this group in terms of experience but it is Dhoni who has the bigger fan base thanks to his records as captain.Malik is currently plying his trade for the national team in the three-match T20I series against World XI in Pakistan while Dhoni will be in action in the upcoming limited-overs series against Australia starting September 17.