Mumbai leg-spinner Prashant Solanki was a net bowler for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the second half of IPL 2021 and after looking at his progress, the team management believed the youngster had enough talent to be picked in the main squad as well. So in the IPL 2022 mega auction, CSK bought him for INR 1.2 crore to secure Solanki’s services. And, for any youngster, it is a dream to be bowling with MS Dhoni keeping behind the stumps.
Indian players like Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have previously shared about how Dhoni’s suggestions from behind the stumps have improved them as well. And, Prashant Solanki also had a similar experience as well. Dhoni constantly motivated him from behind the stumps and gave him some important tips too.
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Speaking in an exclusive chat with Sportskeeda, Solanki said: “Mahi bhai keeps things very simple. Whether you’re bowling leg-spin, googly or top-spin, if you’re not giving runs, you are bowling well. He had given us instructions that we have to bowl dot balls because that’s what creates pressure in T20 cricket.”
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“In the second game, I came in to bowl a bit late because we didn’t have a big total and he was shuffling the bowlers around. I was hit for a six off my first ball. Then he (Dhoni) gave me an indication that I have to pull my length back and keep it a little shorter. Let him play strokes on the bigger end. Then I was successful,” Prashant Solanki added. “He (Hetmyer) hit me for a boundary and then Mahi bhai indicated me once again to use the bigger side of the ground. I bowled the top spinner on his legs and he miscued it and was out on deep mid-wicket.”