MS Dhoni’s spectacular vision behind the stumps is an asset for Team India. He deserves a ‘certificate of excellence’ for being the best wicket keeper in the business.
The connoisseur of that sheer quality always make his presence felt in whatever role he plays. He knows what it is like to read and guide the spinners according to the batsman’s moves.
This was clearly seen in the recently concluded India-Australia match at Chennai.
During the first ODI between India and Australia, MS Dhoni’s presence was highly important. Not only did he bat almost 50 overs, his candid 79 also ensured India reach a respectable total of 281.
The first ODI eventually turned into a rain-shortened fixture, which is why the target was revised to 164 in 21 overs.
Though the top-order struggled to pick up things, Glenn Maxwell proved to be a constant threat to the Indians as he swung the sword better than anybody else.
MS Dhoni’s masterclass made the difference:
Time and again MS Dhoni has proved what he is capable of doing when he combines with the spinners. Dhoni’s crafty piece of hints guided the chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal at the helm.
On noting these things, MS Dhoni gave a better idea to Kuldeep saying, “Woh maarne wala dalna, andar ya baahar koi bhi (Bowl the one that he tries to play the shot, turning in or away, either is fine)”.
“Woh ghoomane waalaaa (the one that turns).” MS Dhoni’s crunch words were caught on stump mic.
Glenn Maxwell was having a go at the Indians every single time with a flick of his wrists. The canny MS Dhoni asked Kuldeep to bowl the ball up and wide.
Kuldeep stuck to the middle wicket line and tried to bowl at a much fuller length, but was smashed for lusty blows by Maxwell who took him for 22 in an over.
However, MS Dhoni was not contended with it and at the drop of the hat said, “Na, na, na. Isko itna aage nahi (Not this full too).”
To Kuldeep’s credit, he managed to bowl a superb googly that saw Maxwell fall into the trap set up my MS Dhoni’s words.
Little did Maxwell know that MS Dhoni and his spinners were planning for his wicket in that over. Yuzvendra Chahal, who understood Dhoni’s words to good effect, took Maxwell’s wicket when he tossed one outside off-stump.
Maxwell went for a hit, failed to connect well and was then caught by Manish Pandey.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) September 18, 2017