Pathan reveals Dhoni used to control bowlers in 2007 but started trusting them by 2013
"In 2007, he used to run from wicket-keeping to bowling end in excitement and try to control the bowler as well. But by the time 2013 came, he was letting the bowler control themselves. He was very calm and in control,” Irfan Pathan revealed. Notably, former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has not play any cricket since India's semi-final exit from the 2019 World Cup.
World Cup-winning ex-skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni used to control bowlers when he started his captaincy stint back in 2007. Former Indian pacer Irfan Pathan has revealed.
Pathan added, however, by 2013, Dhoni started to trust his bowlers and also became a calmer leader during this phase.
The 35-year-old Indian pacer was part of both - 2007 World Cup-winning team and the 2013 Champions Trophy-clinching side –which played under Dhoni’s captaincy.
"In 2007, it was the first time and you understand that when you are given a big responsibility of leading a team, you get excited," Pathan said during a TV programme when asked how Dhoni changed as a captain between 2007 and 2013.
"The team meetings were always small though, both in 2007 and 2013 during Champions Trophy, just 5 minutes meeting," added the bowler, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket earlier this year.
Talking about one of the key changes that he noticed in Dhoni, Pathan said, "...in 2007, he used to run from wicket-keeping to bowling end in excitement and try to control the bowler as well. But by the time 2013 came, he was letting the bowler control themselves. He was very calm and in control.” Pathan made these revelations during a cricket programme on Star Sports channel.
The former Indian skipper has not played any cricket since India's semi final exit from the 2019 ODI World Cup. He led the country in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014.
Dhoni is the only captain to win all International Cricket Council (ICC) trophies. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 World T20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy.
Pathan said by 2013, Dhoni had started employing the spinners in crunch situations to win matches.
"Between 2007 and 2013 he gained the experience of trusting his slow bowlers and spinners and by the time Champions Trophy came, he was very clear that in crucial times he needs to get his spinners into play to win the games," he said.