India’s former skipper and veteran player MS Dhoni is often heard advising the spinners from behind the stumps. Along with that many times his funny remarks are also caught in the stump mic.
The same incident happened in the recently concluded ODI series between India and New Zealand. In the fifth and final game at Wellington, Dhoni was even heard advising Kedar Jadhav in Marathi language.
As India had previously won the series and was in a good spot in the final game too, Dhoni was in a fun mood. As a result he decided to pull the leg of his compatriot spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
The incident happened when Kiwi batsman Jimmy Neesham was in the middle. Chahal was bowling the over and he made some fielding adjustments. Kuldeep, who had come in as a substitute fielder, was fielding near the square leg umpire.
Chahal got his run-up early, but Neesham was not ready at that moment. As a result he had to come back and bowl again. At that moment Dhoni decided to make fun of the leg-spinner.
Dhoni was heard saying to Kuldeep, “Phenkne de isko. Muralitharan se fielding mein usko farak padta hai (which literally translates to: Let him bowl. He is bothered more than Muralitharan in field settings).” In response Kuldeep laughed hilariously before the game began.
Here is the video:
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Chahal had a good match with the ball
The leggie had a impressive performance with the ball as he ended up with the figures of 3/41. Chahal was the lone specialist spinner in the game. As a result his performance with the ball was considered more impressive.
Chahal’s fellow spin-mate Kuldeep was rested for the game. As a result part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav was chosen as the second spinner. Chahal was one of the best bowlers in the series as he took nine wickets in five matches.
After Ravindra Jadeja was included, Chahal was been ignored for some games. But he made an excellent comeback since the third ODI against Australia. India might now go into the World Cup with two wrist spinners and have Jadeja as the backup option.