Yuzvendra Chahal reveals MS Dhoni’s advice during one of his most expensive spells;
Yuzvendra Chahal revealed some valuable advice he received from legendary former captain MS Dhoni during his most expensive T20I spell in 2018.
In four overs against South Africa in Centurion, the leg-spinner gave up 64 runs without picking up a wicket. Heinrich Klaasen top-scored for the Proteas with a 30-ball 69 that included seven sixes in 18.4 overs. This was an Indian bowler’s most expensive spell in the shortest format, and the tenth most expensive overall.
Chahal told Ravichandran Ashwin on his YouTube show “DRS with Ash” that when he contacted Dhoni to talk between overs, he was anticipating some ideas from him. Instead, the keeper-batsman just admitted that it wasn’t Chahal’s day and advised him to relax, finish his overs, and “chill.”
“Once, in a match where I got hit for 64 runs in a T20I in South Africa, and (Heinrich) Klassen had hit me all around the park, Mahi bhai had told me to come around the wicket. I did that and he hit me for a six over the biggest boundary at mid-wicket. Then Mahi bhai came to me and I said, ‘Yes Mahi bhai, ab kya karna hai? (What should I do now?)’. He said ‘Kuch nahi, mai to waisehi aagaya tere paas. (Nothing, I just came to check upon you) I know it’s not your day, you are trying but it isn’t happening. Zyada sochna nahi, apne chaar ka quota khatam kar aur chill kar (Don’t think too much, just finish your four overs and chill),” said Chahal.
Chahal also said that the incident taught him about the ups and downs of international careers, as well as how a bowler should react in such circumstances.
“If at that time someone scolds you then your confidence level falls even lower. But he told me that it’s just one match. He said, ‘You did so well in ODIs, you won’t do well in every match, others are also playing.’ I also realized that in cricket sometimes you do well sometimes not and sometimes it’s just not your day. I also learned that when it’s not your day, you shouldn’t try too much and instead be economical and give others a chance to take wickets by building pressure,” he added.
After 538 international appearances for India, Dhoni retired in 2020. His departure even saw a dip in the form of both Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. However, the two have started to rebuild their careers.
Chahal went on to say that he and Kuldeep trusted Dhoni “blindly”. And that the 40-year-old accomplished half of his work by reading the pitch, appraising the hitters. And determining the optimum speeds and lines to bowl at.
“Kuldeep and I trusted Mahi bhai blindly. In 2018, when we had just arrived at the scene, one of the plus points of Mahi bhai. It was that he used to do the 50 percent work for us even before bowling. Either he would have batted on that wicket previously or he would have watched the pacers. And analyzed the pace of the wicket and he used to know where the batsman will try to play after getting set,” said Chahal.
“So he used to tell us the good lines and speeds to bowl which saved us from the extra thinking. Or trying to bowl a couple of overs to see how the wicket his behaving. And then his field placements – we never had to do a lot,” the spinner added.
If Chennai Super Kings sign Chahal at the upcoming mega auction in Bengaluru on February 12-13. Then Chahal and Dhoni could reunite for the IPL 2022 season.