London, June 11: Last month, MS Dhoni was giving instructions to Dwayne Bravo and banking on him to deliver for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. But today, the national captains will be on opposite sides plotting each other's downfall in India-West Indies Champions Trophy game.
IPL has brought international players from various countries into one dressing room. Gone are the days when batting and bowling of several individuals were big secrets. But the cash-rich league has not only helped players understand rival players' games but also cut down the banter on the field.
On the eve of India's match against West Indies, India skipper Dhoni was posed the question of how IPL had brought players together and how it would be on Tuesday.
"Well, I think with so many international cricketers playing in India, what has really happened is we have seen - you don't see that ugly situation on the cricketing field where we see a few international cricketers having a go at each other," said Dhoni.
"It has really mellowed down, but people, still they play hard and they play fair. I think that's something that has really changed over the years, and I think it has changed for good. Still people, they love to have a go at each other, but they know at the end of the day they'll be sharing some time with each other. So I think it has moved for the good of cricket," he added.
Just a few days back, Virat Kohli was captaining Chris Gayle at Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli wanted Gayle to smash big hits but today, he will be hoping that the big Jamaican departs early to help India's cause.