From left: Kuldeep Yadav, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni celebrate a wicket (Image courtesy: Getty)
From left: Kuldeep Yadav, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni celebrate a wicket (Image courtesy: Getty)

Former Indian cricketer Atul Wassan credited MS Dhoni for Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav’s success in the ongoing India-South Africa ODI series. The wrist-spinners have claimed 30 wickets between them in the first 5 ODIs,  guiding India to a 4-1 scoreline. Kuldeep’s haul is the most by a spinner in a series, bilateral or otherwise, on South African soil, while Chahal shares second spot with Muttiah Muralitharan.

India have registered their first bilateral series win in South Africa. The previous sides led by Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Dhoni haven’t won a bilateral or multi-nation series in South Africa.

‘Bow and touch Dhoni’s feet’

“I think half of the wickets should go to Dhoni. He is just amazing behind the stumps. Before every ball was bowled, he knows what a batsman going to do. These guys should bow down and touch his feet. These guys not experienced and Dhoni was doing the homework for them. Dhoni should be credited for this,” Wassan told NDTV.

India create history in 5th ODI vs South Africa, other statistical highlights
India create history in 5th ODI vs South Africa, other statistical highlights

“I heard Dhoni saying ‘Ye ab idhar niklega. Ye abb idhar marega’. [He will get out of crease now. He will hit it here]. And the same thing was happening. Chahal and Kuldeep were following Dhoni’s instructions and those were working for India,” Wassan added.

To Dhoni critics…

Dhoni has been dismal with bat, managing 69 runs in the series thus far. He hasn’t been able to accelerate at will in the death overs, however, Wassan came in support of the former captain: “If people can criticise Dhoni for not getting runs, they should probably look at this factor also.”

The sixth and final ODI between the sides will be played at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Saturday.