India’s talismanic wicketkeeper-batsman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, might have given up captaincy in all-formats, but the players in the Indian team still hold him in high regards on the basis of his plenty of experience.
Dhoni’s finishing abilities might be diminishing with years catching up but the upside to this is the reservoir of knowledge he has stored over the years.
The latest video released by Sony Pictures Network (SPN) named ‘Sledges, guidance, and other stump-mic tales’ captures all the insights provided by the master behind the stumps, to the young brigade of Indian cricket during the third One-day International at Newlands in Cape Town against South Africa.
In the video, MSD can be heard advising Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav regarding the preferable line and length to the South African batsman.
Also, acting as the captain, MSD takes up the responsibility to set the field for Virat Kohli, who more often than not is away at midwicket to stop the singles or in the deep during the slog overs.
The Ranchi-based Dhoni is also renowned for coining nicknames for the Indian players. Ravindra Jadeja is called ‘Jaddu’, Axar Patel is ‘Baapu’ and Virat Kohli is ‘Cheeku’.
Going along the same lines, Kedar Jadhav is now ‘Keju’, Kuldeep Yadav is known ‘Kulli’ and Kohli now has a new trendy name ‘Cheeks’.
Using all his experience of world cricket, Dhoni now is able to predict what kind of shot a batsman is going to play next and he dispenses the same knowledge to his young bowlers by almost tutoring them.
MSD also takes it upon himself to be sarcastically critical about his bowlers if they err on their line, length, direction and speeds.
Here’s a collection from the ongoing series which suggests that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still the boss on the field for India:
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