Yuzvendra Chahal Opens Up: Being Tongue-Tied In The Presence Of MS Dhoni
By CricShots - Jul 17, 2023 3:32 pm
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Yuzvendra Chahal, the veteran spinner for the Indian cricket team, revealed that he tends to remain silent in the presence of former captain MS Dhoni. Known for his playful and humorous demeanor, Chahal admitted that he becomes tongue-tied when Dhoni is around. In a recent interview on ‘The Ranveer Show,’ Chahal discussed his bond with the legendary cricketer and explained how he prefers to keep quiet when Dhoni is present.

MS Dhoni and Yuzvendra Chahal
MS Dhoni and Yuzvendra Chahal

“When MS Dhoni is there, my words automatically stop. Regardless of my mood, I tend to stay silent. I only speak if Mahi bhai asks me something. Otherwise, I prefer to remain quiet,” Yuzvendra Chahal shared.

Chahal has an impressive record, having played 72 ODIs and 75 T20Is, taking 121 and 91 wickets, respectively. He also holds the distinction of being the leading wicket-taker in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), with 187 wickets in 147 matches.

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Recalling a memorable incident, Chahal mentioned a T20 match against South Africa where he was hammered for 64 runs in his four overs. Despite having an “off day” on the field, Chahal highlighted how Dhoni supported and encouraged him to stay resilient.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal

“We were playing a T20 match against South Africa in Centurion. It was the first time I was hit for 64 runs in four overs. Klaasen was hitting me all over the park, so Dhoni asked me if I wanted to bowl around the wicket. I agreed, but then Klaasen hit me for a six,” Yuzcendra Chahal recalled.

As Chahal was walking back, MS Dhoni approached him and said, “Aaj tere din nahi hai, koi baat nahi” (Today is not your day, it’s okay). However, he advised Chahal to focus on not conceding boundaries in the remaining five balls to benefit the team.

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Yuzvendra Chahal realized from that experience that even on an off day, he could still contribute to the team’s success and receive support from Dhoni. The camaraderie between Chahal and Dhoni showcases the respect and admiration the spinner holds for the former captain. Chahal’s silence around Dhoni is a testament to the awe and reverence he feels in the presence of the legendary cricketer.