Veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has explained the reason behind the lack of form in recent times for Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The duo was a regular member of the Indian white-ball squad between 2017 to 2019. Both achieved great success under Virat Kohli’s captaincy with support from MS Dhoni behind the stumps.
Talking to Cricbuzz, Dinesh Karthik asserted that the duo’s form has declined since the retirement of MS Dhoni from international cricket.
“Because I’ve seen how much he helped them. They don’t need help when the going gets good or they’re bowling and getting beaten, or when they don’t know which way the bowl will turn. But when somebody hits a slog-sweep or just plays the reverse-sweep, then you have the wise words of wisdom coming from a man who has so much experience and they love him so much. They worth the weight (of Dhoni’s words) in gold. They completely trust him,” said Karthik.
The wicketkeeper-batsman further said that while Kohli was the captain of the side, Kuldeep and Chahal always listened to MS Dhoni regarding their bowling and for any advice.
Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal Listened To MS Dhoni: Dinesh Karthik
“Virat Kohli could’ve been the captain in many of those matches, but who were they listening to? If I’m honest, definitely MS Dhoni. What field to set, what line to bowl, what must the batsman be thinking.. these are the three questions that keep revolving in their minds.
“For all three questions, the man to give the best answer is, without doubt, the keeper, which happens to be MS Dhoni. And he really guided them well,” said Karthik.
Karthik then spoke about the various spinners who have played under MS Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings and how successful they have been.
“I’m telling you. You take a look at how well the spinners have done in CSK. There must be a reason, right? The same Jadeja, when he bowls in international cricket, struggles at various times in white-ball cricket but when he goes back to CSK, he is used in such a way that it gets the best out of the bowler.
“Mitchell Santner is done well for CSK, Imran Tahir.. he was a match-winner for them,” said Karthik.
Yuzvendra Chahal is currently playing the ODI series against South Africa. He picked just one wicket in the series so far. His dip in form can be gauged from the fact that he took 16 wickets the last time India played an ODI series in South Africa in 2018. Kuldeep Yadav took 17 as together they took 33 wickets in the series with Dhoni part of that series as well.