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December 5, 2020

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Irfan Pathan Said – Dhoni Did Not Trust The Bowlers To Control Them!

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) has won many historic titles to the team while being the Indian captain. He is the only Indian captain to win all ICC Trophies. Dhoni is known as the captain who trusts his players and backs them. Although former Indian fast bowler Irfan Pathan revealed that when World Cup winner former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni started his captaincy in 2007, he preferred to control his bowlers but by 2013 he trusted them. He started doing it and during this period he also became a very quiet leader.

At the beginning of the captaincy, Dhoni was very excited
and was part of the 2007 World Cup winning team and the 2013 Champions Trophy winning team and played under Dhoni’s captaincy. The 35-year-old player said that as time passed Dhoni changed as captain in many ways. Pathan was asked about the changes between 2007 and 2013 as Dhoni’s captain on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show, he said, “This was the first time in 2007 and when you were given a big responsibility of leading the team. If you are a little excited, you can understand it.

He said, ‘Although the team meeting was always short-lived, in 2007 as well as in 2013 during the Champions Trophy. Only a five-minute meeting.

Asked about a change in Dhoni, the fast bowler, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket earlier this year, said, “In 2007, he was excited and ran from wicketkeeping to bowling and also bowlers.” He also tried to control but in 2013 he used to let the bowlers control themselves. He became very calm. Pathan said that by 2013, Dhoni had started putting spinners in difficult situations to win the match.

He said, “Between 2007 and 2013, he gained experience relying on his slow bowlers and spinners and by the time the Champions Trophy came, he was very clear that he would have to put on his spinners to win the match at crucial times.”

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