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Sreevats Goswami gets some priceless tips from MS Dhoni

By Rashmi Nanda -

Bengal’s wicket-keeper Shreevats Goswami says he was lucky to get some priceless suggestions from the former India captain MS Dhoni.

Shreevats told PTI, “I have never had an opportunity to enjoy a one-on-one session with Dhoni bhai. Today since the match was postponed, I went up to him and sought his time. He obliged almost immediately. I spent good 15-20 minutes talking about my game. I was a fan but today I was more of a studen."

During the season, the former India U-19 skipper has been in good form. The Bengal wicket-keeper stated, about his mental make-up before big games and the concept of bad patch, “Dhoni bhai said that no one exactly knows what is poor form and there is nothing called getting out of a bad patch."

He further added, "Often, it just takes two to three good shots while batting that will indicate that things are on right track for a player."

Being a keeper himself, Shreevats did not want to miss a chance to pick Mahi's brains. He added, “He (Dhoni) told me that if I am playing at this level, I need not worry about the basics. He spoke more about mental frame of a player at the highest level."

The wicket-keeper concluded, "He said that it is never possible that a player can shut out all sorts of worries ahead of a big match but the key is to ensure that external factors are kept at bare minimal. The less one thinks about the end, the better he knows about the means."