India July 11(IM): India's new spin-twin in limited-overs formats -- Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal -- have often credited their success to the senior most member of their team, MS Dhoni.
Dhoni is always happy to help the youngsters and guide them during the matches. Both Kuldeep and Chahal also revealed on What the Duck show that Dhoni does 50-60 per cent of a bowler's work in setting the field and telling them where to bowl to a batsman.
In September last year, Kuldeep had even thanked Dhoni when he became the third Indian after Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev to pick a hat-trick in ODIs.
His magical feat came during the second ODI against Australia in Kolkata when he dismissed Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins off successive deliveries.
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However, in the next game on a relatively smaller Indore ground both Kuldeep and Chahal were hammered for 129 runs from their 20 overs and picked only 3 wickets.
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Kuldeep, who gave away 75 run in his 10 overs, managed to get two wickets but not before getting some scolding from the senior statesman.
"In Indore wherever I bowled, it went for six. The ground was so small - even if the batsman did not middle it, it would still go for a six.
"So then, after every 6 I would look at Mahi bhai, he would say, 'it wasn't that far, you should keep it further...
"And then I was bowling my fourth over; the batsman reverse swept me for four...Mahi bhai came to me and said 'remove cover, move him deep and bring point up'...And I said, 'No Mahi bhai, that's okay...' He said 'Am I mad? I have played 300 ODIs.' He got angry. And I did as I was told and then he said: 'this is what I was saying...'"
Chahal made his India debut under Dhoni two years back in the ODI series against Zimbabwe.
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Chahal revealed what makes Dhoni such an important part of India's limited-overs teams at the moment.
"Mahi bhai can read batsmen really well. So whenever we come to bowl we come after 10 overs.. by then he has observed how the wicket is, how the batsman is playing. So he lets us know how we should bowl, how we can be more effective," Chahal said.
"In the ODI where I took five wickets.. Duminy was batting and Mahi bhai told me to concentrate on the stumps and the next ball, he tried to sweep and got out...that's the thing - he does 50-60 per cent of the work so we can play and other stuff. Or else it takes a couple of overs to just understand what sort of wicket you are bowling on," Chahal said.
Both Kuldeep and Chahal are currently plying their trades in England and played instrumental roles in India's T20I series victories in Ireland and England.
India next play a three-match ODI series in England before the two teams switch to Test cricket. The five-match Test series starts August 1 at at Birmingham.