MS Dhoni is also recognized for his on-field encouragement, particularly for his team’s younger players. Though Dhoni has countless on-field moments, many discussions with his colleagues during matches that were recorded by the stump mic stand out. In the most trying of circumstances, the man maintains his cool and that’s why he was nicknamed “Captain Cool”. He never quits battling to win, no matter where the match is in the standings. Dhoni is the first captain in ICC history to have won all three major tournaments. He led the Indian team in 332 games across all formats, making him the first wicketkeeper captain to command the team for more than 100 games.
He was recognized for his creative techniques of dismissing batsmen, for having one of the finest records when it came to DRS reviews from behind the wicket, and for frequently speaking with his colleagues, giving them an idea of the opponents’ attitude during a game.
However, the stump mics occasionally caught some of these exchanges, giving the commentators and the crowd much to talk about during and after the games.
Shouting at Sreesanth
During the first Test against India in Ahmedabad, New Zealand came out on top with a total of 391/5. The bowler was Pragyan Ojha, while the batsman was Kane Williamson. Dhoni, the master thinker, was preparing the field and instructed Sreesanth to square up a bit. Sreesanth, on the other hand, failed to notice his skipper’s guidance. Then Dhoni said to Sreesanth, “Oye Sree girlfriend nahi hai udhar, idhar aaja thoda” (Sreesanth your girlfriend is not there, please come a little squarer).
Pujara’s Fielding Position
Dhoni wanted Ravindra Jadeja to know why he put a fielder in Cheteshwar Pujara on slip during a test match against New Zealand, and it wasn’t at random. “Yeh ghoomega toh Pujara ko isi liye idhar rakha hai, woh udhar taali bajane ke liye nahi hai,” (Jadeja bowl on the off stump. Pujara is not standing there to clap), Dhoni told Jadeja.
Virat Kohli’s bowling
Virat Kohli was urged to flip his arm over during a match against England at the 2016 T20 World Cup, when India went in with four bowlers. Kohli dismissed Kevin Pietersen with a wide yorker in his first ball. Following his wicket, an energized Kohli began experimenting with other variations. Regardless, one was wide down the leg side and yielded byes as well. Dhoni then told Kohli: “Jitna bola hai utna kar, bowler mat bann” (Do what you are being told, don’t try to be a bowler).
Angry at Manish Pandey
Dhoni told his batting partner Manish Pandey that he wasn’t satisfied with him being obviously preoccupied during a vital moment in the play. Dhoni told Pandey, “Oh! Bh*sdike idhar dekh le! Udhar kya dekh raha hai,”.
The Tarak Mehta ball
R Ashwin and Dhoni had a secret phrase, which they used to keep the batsmen guessing. Dhoni would call for the “Tarak Mehta,” named after the hit Hindi drama “Tarak Mehta Ka Ulta Chasmah,” if he wanted the off-spinner to stun the batsman.