Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Yuzvendra Chahal opens up on his bond with former Indian skipper MS Dhoni

The Indian spin sensation has opened up on his bond with former skipper MS Dhoni, his favourite game and more.

Yuzvendra Chahal, aged 28, is one of India’s most promising cricketers who so far has lived up to every expectation possible. The spinner has been having a great time on the field and doesn’t hesitates to experiment. Chahal is a complete package, who often gets irritated when things don’t go his way on pitch but shares happy moments off the field.

In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, the leggie spoke about his friendship with his seniors in the Indian team whom he referred to ‘Bhaiya’ or ‘Bhai’ and the fact that he enjoys every moment with the former skipper and the most experience guy in the squad, MS Dhoni.

“Whenever I feel something, I always talk to the senior players — Virat (Kohli) Bhaiya, Mahi (MS Dhoni) Bhai, Rohit (Sharma) Bhaiya, Shikhar (Dhawan) Bhaiya. They always help me. When Virat Bhaiya is not there, I always [speak to] Rohit Bhaiya and ask him what to do and what not to do. Mahi Bhai and I play PUBG together sometimes (laughs). Seven-eight people play PUBG for two hours. We go for dinners, [have] fun. It’s a big thing to play under Mahi Bhai. He was my first captain. Whenever we need help in bowling, Kuldeep (Yadav) and I always ask him.”

Not only Chahal but Dhoni too has shared quite a bond with the Haryanvi spinner. Earlier, in a popular chat show, “Breakfast with Champions”, Chahal recalled one of the most memorable incidents when Dhoni made him feel home.

Recalling the day before he came to know of his selection and his experience after that, Chahal said, “I had a good IPL season and never knew the team was going to be announced. When the names were revealed on the BCCI website, I could believe my eyes and kept looking it for half an hour. Seeing my name, I cried a lot. The day I wore the jersey, I can’t even describe in words.”

“I received the ODI cap from MS Dhoni. He is a legend and the first time I met him I was not even able to talk in front of him. When I met him for the first time in Zimbabwe I used called him Mahi Sir. After a while, he called me over and said, ‘Mahi, Dhoni, Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Bhai… Call me whatever you want but not sir’,” Chahal recollected, reminiscing his debut under the former Indian skipper.

AUTHOR’S TAKE:

Cricket is a team game, where all the eleven players need to share the best bonding on the field irrespective of any personal infringements outside. Even if the players come from different generations and groups, it is very essential to show the oneness amongst each other, and that’s exactly what MS Dhoni has been doing. He is no doubt by far one of the best players world cricket has ever seen, but when it comes to sharing a bond with his teammates, he has never backed away.

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