'He was very honest with me' - Marcus Stoinis reveals 'interesting conversation' with MS Dhoni during IPL 2021

‘He was very honest with me’ – Marcus Stoinis reveals ‘interesting conversation’ with MS Dhoni during IPL 2021

He disclosed how Dhoni puts the finishers in two categories, one who takes the game deep and the other taking a lot of risks.

Marcus Stoinis and MS Dhoni
Marcus Stoinis and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has opened up on his intriguing conversations with MS Dhoni during IPL 2021. He recounted how the former India skipper told him about Chennai Super King’s plans for him. He added that it was both a dig and compliment for him but he took it as a compliment.

Stoinis is often renowned for finishing off the innings for Australia in white-ball cricket. The all-rounder further also revealed his chat with the CSK skipper on the finishing duties. He disclosed how Dhoni puts the finishers in two categories, one who takes the game deep and the other taking a lot of risks.

MS Dhoni said how CSK would try to bowl to me: Marcus Stoinis 

“He was actually very honest with me. He understood me very well and he sort of said how they (CSK) would try to bowl to me and how he tried to set the fields for me. [It] was both a compliment but also a little dig where I have to figure out which way to take it and I’m taking it as a compliment (chuckles),” Stoinis said in a conversation with The Grade Cricketer’s YouTube channel.

“It was very interesting he did say that it’s very obvious how some people want to take some responsibility and stay until the end whereas some people are willing to take the risk early to, sort of, either try and get ahead of the game or walk off and he identifies that within the team,” Stoinis added.

Stoinis and Dhoni have played against each other on multiple occasions in the IPL. The former also spoke on the advice he received from Dhoni. He stated that the two had conversations about training and that the former India captain advised him to work on his weakness as long as it’s not affecting his strengths.

“We spoke about training, we spoke about his belief on ‘Work on your weakness as long as it’s not taking anything away from your strength’. So he spoke about how a lot of coaches will ask you to work on things and you might work on the short ball and then you start missing the full ball… which was a really, really nice filter for me for training,” the all-rounder added.