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Revealed! MS Dhoni’s instructions heard on stump mic during 1st ODI vs Australia

MS Dhoni’s advice helped Indian cricket team spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in claiming half of Australia’s wickets during the first ODI at Chennai.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 20, 2017 11:13 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
India vs Australia,MS Dhoni,Yuzvendra Chahal
MS Dhoni’s advice to the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav proved vital in Indian cricket team’s win over Australia in the Chennai ODI. (BCCI )

MS Dhoni’s contribution in Indian cricket team’s win in the first ODI against Australia at Chennai was not just restricted to scoring 79 crucial runs and adding 118 for the sixth wicket with Hardik Pandya — a partnership that changed the course of the match.

MS Dhoni presented yet another example of why he can be a brute force behind the wickets as he guided young Indian spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav on how to get rid of several Australian batsmen.

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From behind the wickets, MS Dhoni kept providing invaluable advice to the two spinners, who shared five wickets between them.

During the post-match interview, Kuldeep Yadav revealed how MS Dhoni contributed heavily in the wickets that he had claimed. MS Dhoni’s comments were also heard on the stump microphone.

“Woh maarne wala daal na, andar yaa baahar koi bhi (Why don’t you bowl the one which would entice the batsman to hit, spinning in or away, anything?),” Dhoni said.

He kept asking the chinaman bowler as well as Chahal to keep bowling “ghumane waala daal, ghumane waala (bowl the one that turns)”.

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Maxwell top scored with 39 for Australia and when he was looking to attack Kuldeep Yadav, MS Dhoni had a piece of advice for him. After Maxwell hit Kuldeep for three consecutive boundaries, Dhoni yelled, “Stump pe mat dal (don’t bowl on the stumps)”.

“Arey baahar daal, isko itna aage nahi (Bowl wide outside off-stump and not so full)”, shouted Dhoni.

Chahal was slightly off the mark at the beginning of his spell and he got an earful from the former India captain. “Tu bhi nahin sunta hai kya? (You too don’t listen?),” Dhoni scolded the leg-spinner.

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“Aise, aise dalo (yes, keep bowling like this),” is how Dhoni guided the leg-spinner to get his act right.

Chasing a revised target of 164 to win from 21 overs after a long rain delay, Australia stumbled and lost wickets in a flurry to eventually lose the match by 26 runs, via the Duckworth-Lewis Method.

Kuldeep was a tad expensive as he gave away 33 runs for his two wickets off four overs, whereas Chahal snapped three for 30 off his five.

Kuldeep accounted for David Warner (25) and Marcus Stoinis (3) whereas Chahal dismissed Glenn Maxwell (39), Matthew Wade (9) and Pat Cummins (9) to power India to a 1-0 lead in the ongoing five-match series.

India and Australia will clash in the second ODI on Thursday at Kolkata, but rain threat is looming large over the contest to be played at the Eden Gardens.

First Published: Sep 20, 2017 11:10 IST