Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s role in the Indian team has been much more than just being a wicketkeeper-batsman. His game strategies have helped the team on almost every occasion. His instructions from behind the stumps provide huge support to bowlers and help them earn wickets at crucial moments during a match. The same happened with the debutant Washington Sundar in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali.
MS Dhoni continuously guided him from behind the stumps. He advised him how to bowl and in which area. He kept on relaying ideas to Washinton, which helped him during his spells in his debut. Through the stump mic, it could be heard how Dhoni advised Sundar to observe the situation.
Here’s the video:
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Dhoni’s advice worked and Sundar could pick a wicket on his debut just after bowling 9 deliveries. He dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne on 21, which was the third wicket lost by the Lankans while chasing a mammoth target of 392 runs.
Sri Lanka failed to chase down the target. They fell short by 141 runs and lost the game.
Earlier in the game, skipper Rohit Sharma became the only cricketer to score three double-centuries in ODI cricket on December 13. After losing the first match in Dharamsala, India came back strong against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Once again, they had to bat first but this time Rohit Sharma turned out to be the biggest nightmare for the Lankan bowlers.
He shifted gears in a flash. He struck 13 fours and 12 sixes in his innings and scored at a strike rate of 135.95. He shared crucial partnerships with Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer and took the score to 392 for 4. He played an unforgiving inning in the second ODI at Mohali and remained unbeaten for 208 runs from 153 balls.