Yesterday, after India’s win against Ireland, MS Dhoni overtook Sourav Ganguly’s record of 8 consecutive wins in World Cups.
However, for once, it was not Dhoni accomplishing yet another record that was the topic of discussion, but his antics behind the stumps that kept the audiences’ ears glued to the TV set.
MS Dhoni was at his wittiest best behind the stumps, as all the ‘wisdom’ he passed on to his teammates were caught on the mic.
In the 14th over, when Jadeja was hit for a four, which was followed by a short-pitched delivery that was defended by Irish captain William Porterfield. Dhoni urged him to give the ball a bit of flight, in the process making him play on the front foot. That is what Jadeja did, which impressed Dhoni and he followed it up with, “Badhiya. Aage se maarne de”.
The 18th over saw him advising Ajinkya Rahane, who was a bit slow to get to the ball, off one of Ed Joyce’s defence strokes. His advice to Rahane, “Halka peeche reh sakta hai Jinx, ye dheere nahi khelta” helped as Suresh Raina bowled Joyce the very next delivery.
In the 29th over, he took a shot at Ambati Rayudu, who was the substitute fielder at the time. Rayudu waited for the ball hit by Porterfield to come to him to which Dhoni responded, “Rayudu, jaag ke zara. Iska pair dekh kaise hil raha hai. Uske hisaab se anticipate kar. Volleyball ki tarah khada hua hai beech mein”.
Dhoni’s genius mind was again at play in the 33rd over when he accurately predicted the next move. Niall O’Brien was batting with Suresh Raina as the bowler. Dhoni advised Mohammed Shami, “Ye waala peeche khada ho jaayega, udhar maarne ke liye”. Unfortunately, his advice fell on deaf ears and the next ball was hit for four in a similar fashion.
This is not the first time Dhoni has been heard saying one thing or another to his teammates.
In the past, Ravindra Jadeja, Sreesanth and others players have all been victims to his stump mic suggestions.
Here is a compilation video of some of those ‘tips’ that will leave you in splits.
We hope Dhoni continues this trend, as it somehow motivates his teammates and affects the end result of the game in India’s favour.