How 'Captain' Dhoni Instructed Kuldeep Yadav to Plot Trent Boult's Wicket
Cricket fans, who took notice of the stump-mic recording and Dhoni's tactics, praised him for reading batsman's mind.
Image credits: @manyo_rajput / Twitter
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a cricket genius and fans on Twitter have come out to praise the former Indian skipper whose experience and 'captaincy' skills cost New Zealand their last wicket in Trent Boult.
Kiwis, who won the toss on Wednesday, decided to bat first against India in the first ODI at McLean Park in Napier. Pacer Mohammed Shami provided the earlier dents, sending both the openers cheaply in quick succession. Indian spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, on the other hand, demolished the batting line-up, taking a combined 6 wickets to reduce the hosts for a paltry score of 157.
But before the New Zealanders were bowled out, Dhoni along with Kuldeep Yadav devised a plan to get rid of their tail-ender Trent Boult
Knowing exactly what shot Boult would go after on Yadav's delivery, Dhoni instructed the spinner to set up the last wicket for him.
"Ye aankh band kar ke rokega. Udhar se daal sakta hai. Idhar se andar nahi aayega. Tere upar hai (He will block the ball blindly, you should ball round the wicket near stumps but it's upto you)," Dhoni quipped from behind the stumps. Taking his advice, Yadav bowled the googly from around the wicket and Boult tried to defend and edged the ball to Rohit Sharma, who was stationed at the first slip.
And just like that, Boult was dismissed.
Here's the video:
Cricket fans, who took notice of the stump-mic recording and Dhoni's tactics, praised him for using his 'captain' brain and experience to read the batsman's mind
#IndVsNZ | Dhoni to Kuldeep about Boult who was about to take strike: Ye aankh band kar ke rokega. Tu bahar daal sakta hai.Boult did exactly that and got out.Dhoni is still one of the best brains in the game. #Dhoni #KuldeepYadav— Rohit Vats (@nawabjha) January 23, 2019
What a wicket that was. @msdhoni telling @imkuldeep18 to change his side and kuldeep followed the same. Who else do you think was like Dhoni if you look back in cricket history.#NZvIND#MSDhoni @StarSportsIndia #AskStar— Jugnoo (@idkjohnsnow) January 23, 2019
Another Master piece from DhoniDhoni to kuldeep last overDhoni :- Rokhega...yeh aankh band kar ke rokhega dusre side se daal sakta haiKuldeep bowls from other side and boult caught at 1at Slip by RohitDhoni blessing for Indian team♥️♥️#NZvIND #TeamIndia #Dhoni— Rahul Bagul (@RahulBagul1992) January 23, 2019
"Yeh aank band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko." MS Dhoni from behind the stumps reads Boult, suggests Kuldeep to bowl a googly. Kuldeep obliges and Rohit takes a simple catch at first slip.NZ have been bowled out for 157. #CricketMeriJaan #NZvIND— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 23, 2019
Dhoni to Kuldeep: Yeh aankh band kar ke rokega, idhar se daal sakta hai..Kuldeep comes over the wicket and gets rid of Boult..#Dhoni would have about 150+ wickets from behind the stumps, only with his understanding of the game. #Genius#INDvNZ @BCCI @StarSportsIndia— Chakshu Arora (@chakshuarora) January 23, 2019
#NZvInd #Dhoni That moment when you hear Dhoni tell Kuldeep to go round the wicket and when Kuldeep does, you know exactly what will happen! Dhoni the mind reader, and this is also one reason we need him at the ICC World Cup, 2019 in England and Wales.— deepakulkarni (@deepakulkarni) January 23, 2019
37.6 Boult comes on strike and Dhoni shouts to Kuldeep “Ye aankh band karke rokega.. around the stumps daalo, stumps ko lagne ka chance rahega”. Kuldeep does that and forces the edge of Boult’s bat. Kully shocks, Dhoni rocks. Absolute masterclass behind the wickets. #NZvIND— Chaitanya Somavajhala (@ChaitanSrk) January 23, 2019
Dhoni's instructions to the spinners from behind the stumps are a masterclass in reading batsmen. "Yeh aankh bandh karke rokega." Tells Kuldeep to come round the stumps and full. Bang goes the last wicket. #NZvIND— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) January 23, 2019
Dhoni : yeh aankh bandh kar ke rokega, idhar (over the wicket) se daal sakta haiKuldeep *comes over the wicket and gets the wicket*— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) January 23, 2019
How wonderfully @msdhoni set up the last wicket for Kuldeep if you heard his instructions to the bowler! Terrific performance by India, terribly disappointing by New Zealand: dented by Shami, demolished by the spinners. Should be an easy chase— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 23, 2019
37.5 over, Boult on strike.. Kuldeep's last ball of the 10 over Quota.Dhoni behind the stumps, "Yeh aank band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko."& Kuldeep bowls..Boult tries to block the ball gets an edge & Rohit does the rest at Slips!#NZvIND #Dhoni #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/DFO59PfgYh— MS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) January 23, 2019
37.6 Dhoni to Kuldeep - 'He will block the ball blindly you should ball round the wicket near stumps'Kuldeep bowled the same and he got the wicket of Trent Boult.Kuldeep Shocks MSD Rocks #NZvIND— DHONIsm™ (@DHONIism) January 23, 2019
#Dhoni showed why he is considered most intelligent cricketer. Watch the last of #Newzealand innings, his advice to #kuldeepyadav."Aankh bandh karke rokega, around the wicket daal".#NZvIND #INDvNZ #AskStar— Opinion_Guru (@OpinionGuruu) January 23, 2019
In response, India looks solid at 41/0 with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in the middle.
At the time of writing this, India needs 117 in 41 overs to win.
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