From smart field placements to bowling changes – Dhoni’s judi varsity in making decisions according to the situation. His impeccable leadership skills have impressed fans over the years. But many people do not know that the best captain in the history of Indian cricket used to know the strategy of the Bangladesh cricket team using the Bengali language as a weapon.
When the Indian cricket team played against Bangladesh, Dhoni had no problem understanding what the opposing players were saying on the field. Former cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni brought up these memories of the past in an event in Kolkata recently. That 42 second video of Dhoni about Bangladesh went viral on Tuesday.
Before choosing cricket as a career, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a resident of Ranchi, Jharkhand, was working as a railway ticket inspector. Being a neighboring state of West Bengal, apart from Hindi, he understood Bengali as well, because Bengali is the second official language of that state. Not only that, he could speak a little Bengali as he was posted in Kharagpur, West Bengal.
Meanwhile, during the game in the field, Bangladeshi cricketers speak only in Bengali language. And Dhoni understood almost all of them due to his knowledge of Bengali language. Although he kept them to himself. Later after the match, the rest would burst out laughing while sharing the story with the teammates.
This former captain, who won India’s World Cup in two editions, said, ‘I understood Bengal very well when I was working as a railway ticket checker in Kharagpur. It may be wrong to say now. Some may feel bad about it. But I understand Bengali well.’
He also said, ‘If someone around me speaks Bengali, I can understand it. Interestingly, we were playing in Bangladesh then. I was batting at that time and none of the members of the Bangladesh cricket team had any idea that I knew Bengali. The wicketkeeper behind me was giving some advice to the fast bowler. Naturally I already had an idea of what kind of ball the bowler could deliver. So after the match they were talking among themselves. Seeing my reaction then, their situation – hey, Bengali can understand this!’
Dhoni played 34 matches between 2004 and 2016 in three editions in Bangladesh. Won 25 matches. The 42-year-old cricketer decided to retire from international cricket on August 15, 2020. He is the only Indian captain to have won all three ICC World Cups (T20 World Cup, One Day International and Champions Trophy). Apart from rising to the top of the Test rankings under his captaincy, India also won the ICC ODI Championship in 2013.
Dhoni is currently the captain of the Chennai Super Kings who are participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Chennai Super Kings won five titles in this tournament under his leadership.