Irfan Pathan with MS Dhoni. (Source: Twitter)

Former India skipper MS Dhoni is considered to be one of the most successful captains in the world of all times. Dhoni’s strength has been the kind of experimenting he has done with the team combinations and how he gave freedom to his players to express their natural game.

But former fast bowler Irfan Pathan had revealed that Dhoni was a changed captain in 2013 than he was in 2007. He started “trusting” his bowlers more in 2013.

“The team meetings were always small though, both in 2007 and 2013 during Champions Trophy, just 5 minutes meeting,” Pathan said on Star Sports’ ‘Cricket Connected’.

“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”, said Irfan Pathan.

Irfan was the part of the Indian setup that lifted the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and the Champions Trophy 2013 under Dhoni’s captaincy respectively.

The left-arm fast bowler had also played with Dhoni in the IPL while he was a part of the Chennai Super Kings and Rising Punesupergiants.

Pune was a part of the IPL for two years along with Gujarat Lions after CSK and Rajasthan Royals were slapped with a two-year ban each for alleged spot-fixing scandal.


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