Ever since a young Mahendra Singh Dhoni took charge of the team that was still recovering from the aftermaths of a disastrous World Cup campaign in the Caribbean in 2007, street-smartness and out-of-the-box thinking has been the trademark of his captaincy. Creativity, innovation, calmness, gambling became an indispensable part of it.
Well, the flamboyant skipper has now stepped down from captaincy but his understanding of the game is second to none. And if you do not believe us then one incident that happened during the first T20 International between India and England at Kanpur will surely convince you that Dhoni still has got a lot to offer.
With England comfortably in the driver’s seat, in pursuit of 148, the Indian bowlers were looking utterly clueless. But captain cool, as Dhoni was fondly known during his captaincy days, showed his remarkable composure and understanding of the game by correctly predicting the batsman’s mindset even before the ball was bowled.
The incident happened when Joe Root was facing Yuzvendra Chahal and Dhoni fired an instruction to the young leggie. He was caught by the stump mic saying:” Ye aage nikal ke marega, tu aage hi gend rakh”( He will step out, keep the ball short)”
And Root proved Dhoni right by stepping out on the next ball.
Here is a clip of that incident: