‘MS Dhoni’s Change In Tactics Helped Virat Kohli Regain Form’: Recalls Denesh Ramdin

West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin has recalled the time when MS Dhoni changed his tactics to help to struggle Virat Kohli regain his form. In the 2014 India tour of England, Virat Kohli was struggling to find form and had just managed to score  134 runs at an average of 13.40 in 5 games. Denesh Ramdin recalls how MS Dhoni’s strategic change to help Kohli gain his form back magically worked. Recently, MS Dhoni shocked the world by announcing his retirement from international cricket on the 15th of August, after which tributes were showered by people across the world

‘MS Dhoni’s Change In Tactics Helped Virat Kohli Regain Form’: Recalls Denesh Ramdin

West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin has recalled the time when MS Dhoni changed his tactics to help to struggle Virat Kohli regain his form. In the 2014 India tour of England, Virat Kohli was struggling to find form and had just managed to score  134 runs at an average of 13.40 in 5 games.

Denesh Ramdin recalls how MS Dhoni’s strategic change to help Kohli gain his form back magically worked. Recently, MS Dhoni shocked the world by on the 15th of August, after which tributes were showered by people across the world admiring his greatness. The cricketing world salutes MS Dhoni for the name he made for himself and his country at the biggest stage of the sport of cricket.

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‘MS Dhoni’s Change In Tactics Helped Virat Kohli Regain Form’: Recalls Denesh Ramdin

Indian skipper Virat Kohli struggled in 2014 with his form which he regained through MS Dhoni’s tactical changes Denesh Ramdin has revealed. He said Dhoni’s ability to get the best out his players was again proven when he sent Kohli at different positions to bat which helped him in getting his runs back. Ramdin also praised Dhoni for his humble nature on and off the field.

 “I remember one instance when Virat  wasn’t getting any runs, he just came off an England series. We were there for a one-day series and we got Virat out once or two cheaply. He (Dhoni) didn’t drop him. He said look, rather than bat at number three, I’m going to put you at four or five. In one game, he (Kohli) came in at number four or five and scored a century (half century, actually) and that was it. He was back to his normal self”. Denesh Ramdin told in an interview to cricket.com

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Gagan Khoda
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Sometimes, understanding your players, not discarding them is important. Other teams might have gotten rid of their players, he still backed Virat. I think he’s (Kohli) going to be one of the best batsmen who’s ever played the game. His passion as well for the game and you have to give Dhoni a lot of credit.

Dhoni is a wonderful human being. He always said he wants to be remembered as a humble servant or a great human being and not for all the stuff he did on the cricket field. I think that is important, that says a lot about him,” he signed off.

The Legend of MS Dhoni

MSD has astonishing numbers for team India in 538 matches he has scored 17,266 runs, 16 centuries and 108 fifties. The former team India skipper had an early retirement from Test cricket back in 2014. He made 90 appearances in red-ball cricket to score 4876 runs.

MS Dhoni, Monty Panesar
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Dhoni carried on playing the other two formats and handled the captaincy to Virat Kohli in 2017. With 10,733 runs, Dhoni is fifth in the list of India’s all-time run-scorers in ODI behind Sachin Tendulkar, , Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid. MS Dhoni will be back in action in September leading CSK in the 13th edition of the IPL. The tournament starts on 19th of September and the final will be played on November 10.

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IPL 2020: Harbhajan Singh Delays UAE Departure, Will Arrive On September 1

Harbhajan Singh veteran off-spinner and a vital member of the Chennai Super Kings franchise will join the team only on September 1 citing personal reasons. The 40-year-old will stay isolated away from the team for seven days and will have to clear a couple of Covid-19 Tests in India. He will also have to clear three of tests after reaching Dubai. Recently two members of CSK squad namely Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad were found positive while Suresh Raina who is their leading run-scorer had departed to India citing personal reasons. At least 13 staff members including the duo were

IPL 2020: Harbhajan Singh Delays UAE Departure, Will Arrive On September 1

Harbhajan Singh veteran off-spinner and a vital member of the Chennai Super Kings franchise will join the team only on September 1 citing personal reasons. The 40-year-old will stay isolated away from the team for seven days and will have to clear a couple of Covid-19 Tests in India. He will also have to clear three of tests after reaching Dubai.

Recently two members of CSK squad namely Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad were found positive while who is their leading run-scorer had departed to India citing personal reasons. At least 13 staff members including the duo were tested positive. The 13th edition of the will commence from September 19.

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Harbhajan Singh
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CSK CEO Had Reservations About Holding Camp But MS Dhoni Insisted Upon

The pre-conditioning camp of CSK in Chennai has come under immense scan. It is being hypothesized that the team members could have contracted the virus during the training camp in Chennai before departure to the UAE to participate in IPL. The six-day long camp was held for the Indian players only. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan had said that he had reservations about holding the camp but CSK skipper MS Dhoni insisted upon it.

“When we announced that the tournament is going to happen, I had reservations about conducting the camp here because of the bio-bubble which we will have to observe,” Viswanathan said in a video published by Super Kings on YouTube on August 26.

“In fact, I even sent a message to him whether it will be worthwhile having a camp of five days before we leave for Dubai. But captain (Dhoni) was crystal clear in his thoughts.”

CSK training camp, IPL 2020
CSK training camp. Image Credit: MS Dhoni.

“He said: ‘No, Sir, we have not played for nearly 4-5 months. All of us need to get together. We should be in Chennai, in a bio-bubble, so that we get used to that when we land in Dubai. And also will help the boys getting in shape.’

“This camp, though we had some reservations, has really helped. And I am very happy we were able to host the camp.”

Harbhajan Singh requested the franchise to allow him to travel to UAE a week later which CSK accepted. Contrary to some media reports, the delay in departure has nothing to do with the health of his mother.

Harbhajan Singh Is An Important Member Of CSK

Harbhajan Singh has not yet announced retirement from international cricket unlike CSK captain MS Dhoni and teammate Suresh Raina despite reaching 40 years of age. He has picked up 417 Test wickets from 103 Tests, 269 wickets from 236 ODIs and 25 wickets in 28 T20Is and had last played for India in a T20I in 2016.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh Image Credit: Getty Images.

He is a vital member of CSK since 2018 after representing Mumbai Indians from 2008-2017.  CSK is the only team to hold a pre-conditioning camp before their departure for UAE. Among Indian players, Ravindra Jadeja missed the camp which was attended by MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu among others. CSK are expecting South Africans Faf Du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi to join the squad after September 1 while Imran Tahir will join the team after Caribbean Premier League gets over.

 

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