The sharpest brain in international cricket - MS Dhoni - was at it again during the first T20I between New Zealand and India in Wellington on Wednesday. Despite ending up on the losing side, Dhoni showed exactly why he is a street-smart cricketer.
New Zealand, batting first, were on a roll with openers Colin Munro and Tim Seifert giving them a stunning start. The Kiwis were 86 for 1 after 8.1 overs, and the situation wasn't good for the Men in Blue. But up stepped Dhoni and gave one small advice to Krunal Pandya which resulted in the wicket of Munro.
While it is tough to figure out what he exactly said, the video clearly shows MSD instructing Krunal to bowl slower through the air, and not fast. Krunal followed his instructions, and it resulted in the first wicket for India.
This isn't the first time in the recent past that Dhoni's advice has earned India a wicket. During the first ODI against New Zealand earlier in the tour, Mahi gave a suggestion to young Kuldeep Yadav and it worked charms.
The hosts, having won the toss, were reeling at 157 for 9 after 37.5 overs. India needed just one wicket to clean up the Kiwis tail, and up stepped Dhoni. Trent Boult was facing Kuldeep Yadav, and the Indian chinaman was going over the wicket as he looked to get rid of him.
But Dhoni adviced the youngster to go around the wicket, and instructed him to bowl slow, given the batsman would be defending and a slow spinning delivery may get his edge. And so it happened!
"Rokega, ye aankh band karke rokega. Udhar se daal sakta hai. Idhar se andar nahi ayega," Dhoni told Kuldeep before the chinaman got the edge of Boult, which was easily taken in the slip by Rohit Sharma.