MS Dhoni has always earned respect from every player that he has played with or against. His Indian teammate Yuzvendra Chahal lately told why Dhoni is one the greatest player India has ever produced. Chahal stated that Dhoni supported him as well as his spin twin Kuldeep Yadav to raise their games in international cricket.
Dhoni’s advices from behind the wickets were always spot on that ultimately worked in the favour of the team. The wicket-keeper batsman was always one step ahead of the opposition and his contribution remains unrivalled.
Yuzvendra Chahal recalled a few instants where it was Dhoni who helped him dismiss batsmen and gave him key bits of advice. Time and again, the wicket-keeper batsman has brought a lot to the table apart from his batting.
MS Dhoni greatest India player ever player – Chahal
The Indian leg spinner on Dhoni said, “Mahi Bhai is one the best and greatest players India has produced. He has helped me and Kuldeep during matches. Sometimes, a batsman hits me for boundaries and then he comes, puts his hands around my shoulder and says ‘isko googly daal, ye nahi khel payega’ (Bowl him a googly, he will not be able to play). Tips from him work well in the team’s favour.”
“This has happened so many times. In South Africa, when I took my first five-for. JP Duminy was batting at that time. I wanted to dismiss him. Mahi bhai came to me and said ‘isko seedha stump to stump daal’ (Just bowl straight to him – stump to stump). He went back behind the stumps and shouted again – ‘tilli, isko dande pe hi rakhna’ (Just bowl straight to him). I followed his instructions. Duminy tried to sweep but got out lbw”, Chahal added.
“In New Zealand, Tom Latham was batting and was continuously playing sweep shots. I tried googlies and leg spins but those didn’t work out against him. He was hitting me for boundaries. I was really disappointed. Mahi bhai came to me and said ‘line change mat karna, isko aage daal aur stumps pe rakhna’ (Don’t change your line. Pitch the ball up to him and keep it on the stumps). Latham was out off the very next ball. I hugged Mahi bhai after that dismissal”, Chahal told timesofindia.com.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni last played an international match against New Zealand in the world cup semi-finals in England. A lot has been speculated about Dhoni’s future in international cricket in the last year.
The 39-year-old started preparing well in advance for IPL 2020 but unfortunately, the season got postponed. Dhoni will be leading Chennai Super Kings in the IPL who lost in the finals last year.