‘Work on slower ball, exploit batsmen’s shortcoming’ – Avesh Khan reveals what MS Dhoni advised him for improving

Khan has five wickets in the IPL from eight matches.

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Avesh Khan, the young Indian fast bowler, has put forth MS Dhoni’s suggestions for him in order to brush his skills. The 23-year-old made the revelations on Instagram Live with CricTracker. The youngster generally gets to play alongside Dhoni in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Khan has been with the Delhi Capitals franchise ever since the 2018 edition of the T20 tournament.

Khan said that Dhoni advised him to work on bowling the slower deliveries with precision. He also said that MSD asked him to try and exploit the batsmen’s shortcomings. Dhoni is one of the most successful skippers in the IPL, having won the title three times in 2010, 2011 and 2018. The now 38-year-old also has a couple of Champions League T20 championship titles to his name.

Avesh Khan’s career in brief

Khan has taken part in eight IPL matches, picking up five wickets at an economy of 9.88. Recently, he played a first-class match for India A against New Zealand A at Lincoln. Prior to that, he plied his trade for Madhya Pradesh in the 2019-20 edition of the Ranji Trophy and tasted reasonable success. In the tournament, the speedster accounted for 28 wickets from five matches.

His best figures of 5/52 came against Himachal Pradesh in Dharamsala back in January. He also got a couple of four-wicket hauls versus Baroda in Indore. Among his teammates, he had the best bowling average and strike-rate. In his career, which started from 2014, Khan has played 26 first-class, 16 List A and 21 T20s in which he managed to pick up 100, 10 and 18 wickets respectively.

To start with, he came into the limelight during India U19 campaign in the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh. In the mega event, he picked up 12 wickets from six matches with a four-wicket haul to show for his efforts. His performances helped the Boys in Blue end as the runners-up.

Dhoni, on the other hand, is a veteran and has tasted a huge amount of success in his career. The experienced campaigner has been playing in the IPL since the inaugural edition and even at the age of 38, the wicketkeeper from Jharkhand is yet to run out of steam.