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Kuldeep Yadav Explains How MS Dhoni’s Advice Helped Him Succeed In 1st ODI

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav claimed three wickets and helped India restrict South Africa to 269 for eight, a target which India overhauled with six wickets in hand to take a 1-0 lead in the six-match ODI series.

“Actually I was confused a bit what I should bowl because I am playing in South Africa for the first time and it was a new experience for me. The wind was good and the ball was drifting so I was confused what to bowl, and which variation to use. So I was asking Mahi bhai (Dhoni) and he told me ‘bowl as you are bowling’. It is good that he keeps advising from behind the wickets, it gets easier,” said Yadav.

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“When you have two legends, Virat (Kohli) and Mahi, one is leading the team and the other has led the team, it is helpful. As a spinner, Mahi bhai does 50 per cent of your work because he has played so much cricket, he reads the batsmen easily,” the spinner said.

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