Obama would have loved to meet the Indian Time magazine ranked above him

While Sachin Tendulkar will be meeting Barack Obama during his visit to India, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would have missed a possible invite to meeting the US President as he is busy in Australia with the tri-series, ahead of the World Cup. It may be recalled that Dhoni was a special invitee at the swearing-in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in May 2014.

It may be recalled that Dhoni, soon after leading India to victory in the 2011 World Cup, found himself ranked above US President Barack Obama in the Time magazine s list of 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2010. Dhoni, ranked 52nd in the chart, was the only Indian sportsperson to make the list, which also included four other Indians – Mukesh Ambani, VS Ramachandran, Azim Premji and Aruna Roy. Dhoni found himself way above Messi who was just below Obama at the 87th spot.

Time magazine wrote: Dhoni doesn t just lead a cricket team; he s also India s captain of hope. And he didn t just win India the World Cup; he also taught India how to win.

Dhoni, the highest-ranked Indian in the latest Time Magazine 100, is only the second Indian sportsman after Sachin Tendulkar to make the prestigious list.