India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel spoke about what he learned from the great MS Dhoni. He said that he asked the Chennai Super Kings captain about his calm mentality and the keeper-batsman advised him to just look at the ball and play.
Without a doubt, MS Dhoni has been a guide for many youngsters in India. Many young people consider him an idol and he has undoubtedly shown them the path to success. The wicketkeeper-batsman has a great reputation in world cricket for what he has achieved for the Indian team.
Among all the young people who admire him is Dhruv Jurel. The wicketkeeper-batsman received his first call-up to the Indian team for the ongoing Test series against England. He did not play the first match in Hyderabad but is expected to play a key role as the series progresses.
Dhruv Jurel, after his entertaining performances in the domestic circuit, forced the selectors to pick him in the team for the England Tests. The batsman has one century and five half-centuries to his name with an impressive average of 46.47 with the bat in FC cricket.
Dhruv Jurel opened up about his love for MS Dhoni and said that the former Indian captain shared valuable advice with him. He revealed that the CSK captain told him not to pay much attention to outside pressure. Speaking to Jio Cinema, he explained:
“I have always been MS Dhoni’s biggest fan. Last year I had the opportunity to talk to him and I asked him, ‘What is your mindset when you come in?’ He just said, “Look at the ball and play.” Don’t think about anything. “Any pressure that comes, comes from outside.”
Dhruv Jurel further revealed MS Dhoni’s words, saying that the CSK captain told him so. He narrated:
“You have to visualize how you are going to play a bowler. Leave it at that, do your preparation and just watch the ball. You’ve already done a lot, that’s why you’re here, just don’t doubt yourself, go out and express yourself. Don’t worry about the result, focus on the process.”
It is not a burden for me – Dhruv Jurel on grounds maintenance
Dhruv Jurel further spoke about his interest in grounds maintenance. He said that he loves participating in the game and that he doesn’t feel like maintaining it is a burden. Insisting on the same, he explained:
“I enjoy maintaining land. I enjoy the fact that the ball comes towards me, I am very
involved in the game. The ball reaches a goalkeeper more in a game. Even more than batting, I love keeping wickets. Whatever format you play, the ball has to come to me and I enjoy it. For me it is not a burden, I enjoy every moment that the ball comes to me. Wicketkeeping has also helped my batting. If we bowl first, I find out how the wicket behaves, what I can do and what shots are in play today.”
It remains to be seen whether Dhruv Jurel will get the opportunity in the next match or not. But with the kind of talent he possesses, he will surely be a vital asset to the team in the future.