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Dhoni asked for 4 overs to settle down in 8 overs match; Demoted in batting order

09, Nov 2017 By Swapnil Chougule

Thiruvananthapuram: Dressing room conversation prior to rain affected decider T20 has been leaked in media. After winning toss, New Zealand put India bat first. Though Kohli was excited for live action, he was worried for batting order of India. He consulted with Shastri and Dhoni.

“I would take 4-5 overs to settle down in the middle before I start playing shots”, Dhoni replied when Kohli asked him to bat at No.4. “I am expected to play winning shot, specially from my die-hard fans. I need to secure my wicket for that irrespective runs are coming or not. I will take my time & play some shots later in the inning to finish it well. And finally..”

“But Mahi, It’s 8 overs match. How can you take 4-5 overs to settle down?” Shastri interrupted Dhoni. Dhoni smiled & replied, “3-4 overs are sufficient for me to win T20 game”

“Yes, yes; We have seen how you played in last T20 in Rajkot. I was waiting on other end ‘Maahi, Ab Marega, Ab Marega’. Then I thought ‘Maahi Ab nahi marega to kab marega’. No bat and ball connection from you. You should reconsider your Test retirement.”, Kohli got angry on Dhoni.

“Ye Chiku, Gussa kyu ho raha he? We will win the match. I will start playing shots much earlier, may be after playing 3 overs. Fine?”, Dhoni asked Kohli.

“Here’s live action coming up, Strainght from Thiruvananthapuram. Indian openers are walking into the middle”, Shastri started commentry seeing Rohit-Dhawan walking. Dhoni ran away from there to avoid Shatri’s commentary. Kohli raised voice “Ooo Ravi Bhaai, You are no more commentator now. Stop it & tell me who is going to bat at No. 4?” “Leave it to me. Will send Dhoni at No. 7. Else he will play Test inning again.” Shastri replied.

“Do whatever you want. I will pad up. Dhawan & Sharmaji kabhi bhi vapas aa sakate he”, Kohli went.