If there is one player in international cricket who could be credited for taking wickets just by his words, then it is MS Dhoni. India's wicketkeeper batsman, who has been in the cricketing arena for over 15 years now, has arguably the sharpest brain in the sport.
He had displayed his clever mind during the final ODI between Australia and India in the third ODI in Melbourne a few days back. But during the first ODI against New Zealand, he went one step ahead and did something phenomenal.
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.
The Indian cricket team on Wednesday continued its sensational run of form in recent times with an outstanding bowling performance in the first ODI of the five-match series against New Zealand in Napier.
Virat Kohli and his men were asked to bowl first by Kane Williamson, and the visitors made sure that they left a mark in the very first match of the tour. Spearheaded by Mohammed Shami and the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, India bowled out the Kiwis for a mere 157.
India, chasing a mere 158, started brilliantly with their openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan weathering the early storm and taking them to safety. At the time of Dinner, the hosts were 41/0 in nine overs, needing a mere 117 runs in 41 overs.