IPL 2017: MS Dhoni hits bullseye, Dinesh Karthik caught nappingMay 2, 2017
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been fabulous with his glove-work this Indian Premier League. He once again showed why he remains India’s undisputed king behind the stumps with yet another brilliant run out of Dinesh Karthik in Pune on Monday evening. (Stokes 63-ball 103* scripts sensational Pune win)
In the final over of Gujarat Lions’ innings, Basil Thampi was on strike against Jaydev Unadkat. The left-arm pacer bowled a slower and Thampi swung his bat wildly only to miss it. Karthik, at the non-striker’s end, wanted the strike in the last ball and set off. (Stokes follows Dhoni’s success mantra, rewarded with maiden IPL ton)
But Dhoni collected the ball and fired a direct hit at the striker’s end to send Karthik back to the pavilion. The speed and precision of Dhoni’s throw was such that even Karthik’s desperate dive failed to save him from getting run out.
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This was not the first time that Dhoni’s sharp glove-work floored his opposition.
Earlier this month, he produced a sensational stumping to dismiss Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers. On the second delivery of the 11th over of the RCB innings bowled by South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Dhoni showed his class behind the stumps when he knocked off the bails in lighting speed even before de Villiers could think of getting his back leg into the crease.
In October last year, Dhoni’s sensational skills behind the stumps left New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor flabbergasted.
The 35-year-old grabbed the spotlight with his lightning quick hands during the fourth one-day international against New Zealand. Playing at his home ground in Ranchi, Dhoni’s superb display behind the wicket left Taylor stunned.
In the 46th over, Taylor, who played Umesh Yadav through square leg, was looking for a second run but Dhoni back-flicked a throw from Dhawal Kulkarni onto the stumps in a flash and without even looking at it.
TV replays later confirmed that Taylor was short of the crease. The Kiwi couldn’t believe his luck as he walked off with a grin.
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In March 2016 during India vs Bangladesh World T20 clash, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side required 11 runs from 6 balls but Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad got out in successive deliveries after hitting couple of boundaries.
It all boiled down to the last ball, off which two runs was required. Dhoni remained calm under pressure when he was required to break the stumps after the the final ball had been bowled. As the bails flashed, Dhoni and his men went berserk and celebrated the win in front of a jubilant, relieved crowd