November 24, 2020

When MS Dhoni wielded magic with out the bat in his palms

(This story initially appeared in on Aug 15, 2020)

NEW DELHI: A relaxed and funky manner has been Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s forte. Such is his astute mind that the Determination Assessment System (DRS) has been renamed ‘Dhoni Assessment System’ by his followers on social media.

Acclaimed as top-of-the-line finishers in world cricket, there have been quite a few cases when Dhoni has surprised one and together with his presence of thoughts, generally together with his lightning fast glove-work behind the stumps and generally with the ball in his hand.

Right here we take a look at a few of such cases:

India vs West Indies: Champions Trophy (2009)

Dhoni bowled for the primary time in ODIs towards West Indies of their Group A Champions Trophy match on the Wanderers in Johannesburg on September 30, 2009.

West Indies had been 49/four in 16 overs when Dhoni got here on to bowl with Dinesh Karthik donning the gloves behind the stumps and Travis Dowlin on strike. The primary two deliveries, rank lengthy hops, had been hit for boundaries by Dowlin. The third supply was a dot ball. However the fourth supply did the trick. Dhoni pitched it up and obtained it to bounce slightly bit extra and Dowlin obtained an inside edge onto his stumps. This was Dhoni’s first and solely wicket in worldwide cricket.

India vs England: 1st Take a look at, Lord’s (2011)
The Indian bowling assault weakened significantly when tempo spearhead Zaheer Khan, who had taken two wickets, pulled out with a hamstring damage within the 42nd over on Day 1 within the first Take a look at at Lord’s in July 2011.

On Day 2, Dhoni shocked everybody when he got here on to bowl his medium pacers within the first over after Lunch with Rahul Dravid preserving the gloves. On the third ball of his second over, with England at 219/3, Kevin Pietersen was crushed exterior the off-stump and adjudged caught behind by Billy Bowden. Because the Indians celebrated, Pietersen referred to as for a overview and the replays confirmed that his bat had flicked his pad and the Sizzling Spot confirmed no indicators of an edge. Pietersen went on to attain an unbeaten 202 and England received the match by 196 runs.

India vs Bangladesh: World T20, Bengaluru (2016)

Bangladesh had almost received this one until Dhoni outsmarted and outran them. Chasing a 147-run goal, Bangladesh had been nicely on track of their World T20 Group 2 conflict on the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on March 23, 2016. It boiled right down to the final over and Hardik Pandya was entrusted the duty of defending 10 runs.

Mahmudullah scored a single off the primary ball to present Mushfiqur Rahim the strike, who hit the subsequent two deliveries for boundaries and even pumped his fists in celebration after the second boundary. However Rahim went for the fantastic shot on the subsequent ball and was caught at deep mid-wicket by Shikhar Dhawan. With two runs wanted off two balls, Mahmudullah got here on strike because the batsmen had crossed whereas the ball was within the air. Dhoni changed Dhawan with India’s greatest fielder Ravindra Jadeja at deep mid-wicket. And Mahmudullah, as if on cue, hit the subsequent supply over deep mid-wicket, Jadeja ran in and took a superb diving catch.

With two runs wanted off the final ball, Bangladesh had new batsmen Shuvagata Hom and Mustafizur Rahman within the center. With Shuvagata on strike, Dhoni eliminated the glove off his proper hand, simply in case. Pandya bowled a brief ball exterior off however Shuvagata failed to attach, Dhoni collected the ball and as an alternative of throwing, ran in direction of the stumps, Mustafizur ran from the non-striker’s hand. However Mustafizur couldn’t outrun Dhoni and fell wanting the crease as Dhoni hit the stumps with the ball in his proper hand to maintain India’s marketing campaign alive within the event with a one-run victory.

India vs New Zealand: 4th ODI, Ranchi (2016)

The 4th ODI of the India-New Zealand collection was performed at Dhoni’s house floor on the JSCA Worldwide Stadium Advanced in Ranchi on October 26, 2016. And Dhoni fascinated his followers but once more together with his glovework.

On the third ball of the 46th over, Ross Taylor performed an Umesh Yadav supply to high-quality leg the place Dhawal Kulkarni fielded the ball and threw it again. However because the throw was sluggish on the bounce, Dhoni went barely forward to gather the ball, collected it and with out wanting on the stumps, threw it backwards to expire Taylor (35).