IPL 2021: How Dhoni Changed the Mindset of This Young Punjab Kings Player

Utkarsh Singh, the player from Jharkhand spoke about MS Dhoni advice that changed his game since 2017. Singh is currently with the Punjab Kings squad after having acquired by them for IPL.

Dhoni’s advice

Punjab Kings all-rounder Utkarsh Singh recently recalled the moments when he got advice from the veteran of the game, MS Dhoni. In 2017, Dhoni urged the off-spinner to always look to turn the ball when he was bowling. Singh who bought by Punjab Kings for his base price of Rs 20 lakh in this year’s IPL auction recalled, “Whenever we have a camp in Ranchi, he (MS Dhoni) always comes and practices with the team. And obviously, he’s always been a guiding influence on all of us here. I remember him telling me ‘Utkarsh dekh, mujhe sirf ek hei cheez chahiye, I want you to turn the ball every time you’re bowling.”

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How Dhoni changed life

Utkarsh Singh, the 22-year-old player is involved with Jharkhand domestic cricket. He explained how Dhoni’s advice changed his mindset. MS Dhoni always made it a point to visit training camps in Ranchi, practice with the team and guide youngsters with his invaluable advice. In an interview with the Punjab Kings, Singh said to Punjab Kings, “I think this was in 2017, and ever since then, I haven’t thought of myself as an all-rounder. While I’m bowling, I see myself as a pure bowler, and while batting, I think of myself as a pure batsman, trying to add value in both departments. And turning the ball has definitely helped me as a bowler because there is always an uncertainty in the minds of the batsmen, be it a right-hander or a left-hander.”

In IPL, Utkarsh Singh it still waiting for his debut match. It will be interesting to see if Punjab add him in the playing XI by the end of this league.

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