“I have seen many players come and go, don’t lie to me. I’m your captain, I’m your senior, don’t try to fool me”
Apparently, these were MS Dhoni's words. Mohammed Shami recalled an episode from India's tour of New Zealand in 2014.
In an Instagram Live session with his Bengal temmate Manoj Tiwary, Shami revealed that Dhoni had rebuked him when he bowled a bouncer in frustration.
Shami was referring to the second Test in Wellington, when Brendon McCullum had scored a triple century. Shami had him early on, but the catch was dropped by Virat Kohli. Shami recalled that he had some words with Kohli regarding the dropped catch.
“On that day before Lunch, another batsman edged one and he was dropped again. I ran in and bowled a bouncer in the second last ball before Lunch. The ball went over Mahi bhai’s head.
“As we were heading towards the dressing room, Mahi bhai came to me and said: ‘I know the catch was dropped but you should have bowled the last ball properly’. I was angry inside but I told him, ‘the ball slipped out of my hands’,” recounted Shami.
“Mahi bhai ne mujhe thode se tight language mein bola, ‘Dekh beta, bohot log aaye mere saamne. Bohot log khel ke chale gaye jhut mat bol.’ He said in a different way but it was with a bit of aggression. ‘Bete tumhare senior hain, tumhare captain hain hum. Ye bewakoof kisi aur ko banana."
“I have seen many players come and go, don’t lie to me. I’m your captain, I’m your senior, don’t try to fool me,” Dhoni had told Shami.
“I have made my debut in all three formats under Mahi bhai. You can only keep on learning from him, he’s such a brilliant individual,” signed off Shami.