MS Dhoni is known to be an extremely innovative cricketer. The Indian limited overs captain has time and again entertained viewers with his innovative tactics on the cricket field. Be it his underarm throw while keeping wickets, or his famous Helicopter shot, Dhoni has surely entertained viewers big time. In order to be innovative, an individual must also be profusely alert and must have a sharp presence of mind. Without being alert and within the game, there surely isn’t the scope to be innovative or entertaining. It is the sole courtesy of being alert that a player can get his side back into the game at any point of time. As a consequence of being alert a player knows what exactly is transpiring within the game and how to deal with it in a productive way.
Against Australia in Bangalore in 2013, MS Dhoni once again gave India a massive edge due to his sharp presence of mind. It was the 7th and final ODI between India and Australia, and there was much to play for as the series was leveled at 2-2. The Indians were put into bat by George Bailey. It turned out to be a blunder from the Australian captain, as the Indians piled up 383 on board in the 50 overs. It was in this very game that Rohit Sharma scored just the third double ton in ODI cricket. The viewers had been entertained big time. The Aussies needed to accelerate from the word go in order to chase down the total. After being 64-2, it was skipper George Bailey’s responsibility to lead from the front and guide Australia. In that very series, Bailey had been in the form of his life as he was on a rampage. In the previous game at Nagpur, he had a score of 156 to his name.
On the second ball of the 16th over, Bailey heaved a good length ball of Vinaykumar to deep midwicket. Yuvraj Singh collected the ball and threw it perfectly to Vinaykumar at the non strikers end. Bailey and Haddin went for the second run as the latter was running towards the danger end. However, Haddin made it in the nick of time. Bailey however, seemed to have been struck by lightning as he stopped midway on the pitch to check if his partner had made it. Bailey didn’t realize the fact that he himself hadn’t reached his end. MS Dhoni then yelled to Vinaykumar, “Idhar de” (Throw it here) as Bailey was still halfway down the pitch. As Vinaykumar threw the ball towards Dhoni, Bailey realized his absurdity. The accurate throw was good enough for Dhoni, who took the bails off. Even a desperate dive from Bailey couldn’t save him.
The Aussie skipper knew that he was dismissed and in return slammed his bat hard on the ground, to vent his frustration. This turned out to be a masterstroke from Dhoni, as it turned the game in India’s favour. The Indians eventually won the game by 57 runs, as a James Faulkner century wasn’t good enough for Australia. Here is the footage of that dismissal