It is no secret that MS Dhoni loves to keep to his spinners, as the Indian wicket-keeper is often seen talking and advising the likes of Chahal and Yadav during matches. During his captaincy days, Dhoni would always try to bring in his slower bowlers as soon as possible, as the Ranchi man loved playing around with his spinners.
That habit has continued till date, as you can see MS conducting a constant tutoring session for Chahal and Yadav during the matches. The latest rendition of the the ‘MS Dhoni crash course in spin bowling’ was on display last night in Indore, as Chahal and Yadav spun India to another victory against the Sri Lankans.
After the match, Yadav spoke of Dhoni’s influence and mentioned how the former Indian skipper always helps him during the innings.
“First three overs 45 runs, but I was always thinking about wickets. I knew if I got one, I would probably get the second one. The first over (I bowled) was slow in the air, but the wicket was good to bat on and the ball was coming on nicely.
Later on I was bowling wide of the batsman. I realized that I need to bowl it into the wicket. They (Dhoni and Rohit) were backing me and telling to look for the wicket.
Small ground with small boundaries, Dhoni and Rohit were telling me to keep away from the batsman and try the variations outside the off-stump. Seven wickets in three overs really changed the game.”
Stand-in skipper, Rohit Sharma was also effusive in his praise as the Mumbai batsmen gave credit to his spin bowlers for picking up the wickets.
“These two guys never put their head down. Rather than being too defensive, they’re prepared to flight the ball to take wickets. And they got the result. Kuldeep changed the game completely. I was very happy. Always had the belief that they’re the ones who’ll get us back in the game.
It’s always pleasing for a captain when a bowler comes and tells you what he wants to do (talking about Pandya). It’s something he’s been working on. It’s paying dividends on the field. Only thing I said was back yourself. They stuck to their plans and got the result.”