Mahendra Singh Dhoni is regarded as one of India’s most successful cricket captains ever. And the way he renounced the captaincy when he was at his peak but still continues to play under his juniors simply makes him an epitome of a perfect sportsman. However, do you think Dhoni has given up on “captaincy” altogether? Of course, no! The captain in him still wakes up now and then, especially so when Team India is in dire need of his vast experience.
A glimpse of this was seen in yesterday’s match against the Kiwis. New Zealand, currently touring India, beat India in the first match of the three-match ODI series being played. Needless to say, the Indian team was under pressure for the second match, which was a do-or-die situation for them. So, when New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first, many Indian supporters lost their hearts as the ground has a batsmen pitch, which the Kiwis were expected to exploit.
But Dhoni isn’t one to lose his spirits so easily. Instead, he kept on advising the bowlers, fielders and even captain Virat Kohli from behind the stumps. After all, almost every player had played under Dhoni’s captaincy and has good experience of working with him. What came as a surprise was that he did not use the cricketers’ proper names, instead he used their nicknames to advise and instruct them. For example, Dhoni kept calling Kohli by his nickname “Cheeku”. Perhaps, it was just a tactic to baffle the batsmen.
Here are some comments from Dhoni –
Cheeku do-teen jan ko idhar chood de
Yaha se karne de joh karna hai
Yeh ball accha hai iske liye
Beech beech main?
Har teesra ball yah daal sakta hai
Bahut badhiya, kedu
Here’s a video proof from one of such incidences:
Video: Hotstar pic.twitter.com/PVs8TFiq2i
— Cricket Videos (@CricketKaVideos) October 26, 2017
And Dhoni’s strategy worked. The Indian bowlers performed exceedingly well and were able to restrict the batting team within 230 runs. Chasing the modest target, India’s first wicket fell rather early with just 22 runs on the board. Then Shikhar Dhawan (68) and Dinesh Karthik (64) showcased their talents at the right time which helped India score 231 runs in 46 overs.
The last and final match of the series is scheduled to be played on October 29.