Ishan Kishan recalls how MS Dhoni’s tactics once got the better of him in an IPL match

MS Dhoni is widely regarded as one of the sharpest cricket brains in the world.

Ishan Kishan and MS Dhoni | BCCI/IPLFormer India skipper MS Dhoni is widely regarded as one of the sharpest cricket brains. He has left a massive impact on the game with his leadership skills and performances in pressure situations.

Dhoni has led India to three ICC trophies, CSK to four IPL titles and boasts more than 17000 international runs to his name. He also holds the record for most stumpings (195 stumpings in 538 games) in international cricket.

No wonder, Dhoni is being idolized by budding cricketers from different parts of the world.

Mumbai Indians (MI) wicketkeeper batter Ishan Kishan too is a huge Dhoni admirer and the southpaw recently recalled how the latter once deceived him with tactics.

"More than keeping I keep trying to figure out how his mind works. You won't believe… in one of the IPL games, it really stressed me out the most. I was playing well and hitting the bowlers. But then Dhoni bhai walked up to the bowler and said something. I couldn't hear what but he said something to Imran (Tahir) bhai. And in my mind, I'm wondering what Dhoni bhai has told him. I don't know what happened but there was a half-volley ball, which I drove but got out caught at short-third man. To date, I haven't figured out how a batter trying to drive a spinner gets caught at third man," Ishan Kishan told Gaurav Kapur on his famous YouTube Show 'Breakfast with Champions'.

Ishan also revealed that he picked Dhoni’s brains in sharpening his keeping skills.

"So from what we've observed about keeping, Our hands are usually straight but when there is an edge, it moves to the right. But he taught me that the hand movement should be only this much. That should be all the movement. Not just the wrist. It should go like this (semi-pendulum motion). Once this becomes a habit, you'll be able to catch even the thick edges," he explained.


By Salman Anjum - 05 Apr, 2022

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