TheSportsRush brings The (Un)Real Interview with MS Dhoni as India takes on Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2018.
India is set to make a comeback into colored-clothing after a five-match test series against England with the Asia Cup. India’s former captain and wicket-keeper MS Dhoni also returns to cricketing action. The team will play their first match against Hong Kong on September 18, and will meet arch-rivals Pakistan a day after.
We caught up with MS Dhoni after the training session to discuss India’s approach towards the match against Pakistan.
Hello, MS. How excited are you to play against Pakistan?
As excited as Ravi in press conferences to be honest. Just a bit more reasonable.
Oh. Any special strategies for them?
Rohit has actually thought it all. It’s a very complex strategy. He came to me one day and said, “Mahi bhai vo bowler ko ye karke khelenge toh vo karne ka bahut achha chance hai.”
Okay.. talking about you, Mahi – How are you planning for Pakistan?
I am watching videos of my dogs.
I play fetch-the-ball with them. Just a bit of warm-up of how I’m going to do the same in the match.
We saw you coaching certain players during practice.
Yes, I have to. Cheerleaders look good only in IPL.
Umm.. okay. Do you think India will win the Asia Cup?
Well ofcourse. I know half our team is not playing but we will still be the favourites.
Half the team? Only Virat is resting, isn’t it?
Yes. Virat is half-the-team.
Oh. What do you have to say about India’s loss in the test series?
All I can say is Rishabh Pant is not coming until I’m here. He has to improve his fielding skills for that.
Will we see a helicopter this time?
There are a lot of helicopters flying over Dubai. They have helicopter cabs here. I don’t want to be a threat to their airspace.
What is the basic difference between Rohit and Virat as captains?
Rohit is a very tactical person. He’s so tactical we need hours to actually figure out the tactics. In this way, Virat is easier.
He just takes DRS and cries later.
Haha, you’re funny.
I have to be, haven’t I? I’m back to playing for India after so many weeks. Need to gear myself up for behind-the-wicket commentary.
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