India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has recalled how former India skipper MS Dhoni supported him when he was getting smashed in a T20I game against South Africa. India toured South Africa for three Tests, six ODIs, and three T20Is in 2018. Chahal played in the ODIs and T20Is. He recalled a T20I game against the Proteas where he gave away 64 runs in four overs.
The Men In Blue went on to lose that game. Batting first, the Virat Kohli-led side amassed 188/4, thanks to Manish Pandey (79*) and MS Dhoni (52*). In reply, the Jean-Paul Duminy-led side won the game by six wickets with eight balls to spare.
Reminiscing the game, the right-arm leg-spinner recalled Dhoni's wise words after the match. "Once, I got hit for 64 runs in a T20I against South Africa in 2018; (Heinrich) Klaasen had smashed me all over the park. Then Mahi (Dhoni) bhai had asked me to come around the wicket. I did exactly that but he hit me for a six over the biggest boundary at mid-wicket. Then Mahi bhai came to me and I said, 'Yes Mahi bhai, what should I do now?'. He said 'Nothing, I just came to you randomly," Chahal said to Ashwin on his Youtube channel
'I know it's not your day, you are trying but it isn't happening. Don't think too much, just finish your four overs and chill,'" Chahal added.
The 31-year-old revealed that Dhoni's words a big morale booster which helped him regain his lost confidence. "If someone scolds you at that time, your confidence goes down even further. But he told me that it's just one match as you did so well in ODIs. I also realized that in cricket sometimes you do well and sometimes you don't," he stated.