"Aise daal aise": How MS Dhoni led India from behind the stumps against Australia

Dhoni's leadership capabilities from behind the stumps were on display in the opening ODI against Australia at the Chepauk on Sunday.

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"Aise daal aise": How MS Dhoni led India from behind the stumps against Australia
MS Dhoni (File Picture)/DNA - Salman Ansari

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not the Indian captain anymore but in his role as India's wicketkeeper he still showcases his great understanding of the game. His awareness behind the stumps makes things easy for the young Indian bowlers and very difficult for the opposition batsmen.

Dhoni's importance and leadership capabilities behind the wicket were on display again as Team India defeated Australia in the opening ODI at the Chepauk on Sunday.

Australia were set a revised target of 164 from 21 overs after rain interrupted the game. The visitors didn't get off to a good start but all-rounder Glenn Maxwell threatened to take the game away from the opposition.

Dhoni kept advicing Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl in certain areas and with certain length. 

Kuldeep during the post-match show revealed how Dhoni told him to go about bowling against the Australian opener.

Many of Dhoni's instructions to the two young spinnners were caught on the stump mic. 

He told them at one point, "Woh maarane waala daal naa; andar yaa baahar koi bhi (Bowl the one where he tries to hit, turning in or away, anything is fine)".

There was also this "Ghumane waala daal ghumane waala (Bowl the one that turns)" as Chahal and Kuldeep operated.

When Glenn Maxwell went after Kuldeep, hammering 3 sixes and a four to yield 22 runs in an over, Dhoni was quick to tell Kuldeep what he was doing wrong, "Stump pe mat dal (don't bowl in the line of the stumps)" and "Isko itna aage nahi (bowl wider (outside the off stump) and not this full)"

And to Chahal he said, "Tu bhi nahin sunta hai kya (You also won't listen)?" and also "Aise, aise daalo (bowl it like this)."

Chahal eventually had the better off Maxwell as he threw one wide to end Maxwell's innings after the Australian batsman was caught at the long-on.

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