India’s ODI captain MS Dhoni might be “attacking” the Bangladesh bowlers during the 3-match series starting on June 18 as he has reverted to his old batting technique. According to a report in The Times of India, Dhoni was seen practising hard at Delhi’s National Stadium with a changed batting stance for the upcoming series in Bangladesh.
Having retired from Tests in December last year, Dhoni will now only feature in India’s ODI and T20 teams, which he still continues to lead after handing over the Test captaincy to young Virat Kohli in the last Australian tour.
“He (Dhoni) said he had changed his stance and technique for Test cricket. Now that he doesn’t have to think about the format, he wants to get back to his previous technique,” coach MP Singh told the newspaper.
Before he became a big name in international cricket, Dhoni had trained under Singh at the very venue.
“He had widened his stance and started to keep his bat between the feet. He has now decided to revert to his earlier stance in a bid to bring back the booming backlift. He demonstrated it to me and asked if it resembled his original stance,” Singh added.
Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi, who were seen in action at this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL 8) for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) respectively, were smashed around by Dhoni in the practice session.
“He was hitting them hard and clean, like he used to do in his younger days. Don’t be surprised if you see an attacking Dhoni in action in Bangladesh,” Singh said. India’s 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh starts on June 18. All matches will be played in Dhaka.