One needs to be really talented to match MS Dhoni’s street smart skills on the cricket ground. MS Dhoni’s street smart methods of run-outs, stumpings and saving runs off shots played fine on the off side have helped him to become the standard-setter in wicketkeeping today.
And when English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler tried to imitate one of Dhoni’s act on the field, he failed big time.
The incident happened during the first match of this year’s IPL when defending champions Mumbai Indians were locking horn against debutant Rising Pune Supergiants. Batting first Mumbai batsmen could score only 121 runs in their 20 overs. Chasing such a small target, RPS made a strong start and were cruising at 37 for no loss by the end of the fifth over. The incident happened in the sixth over. Mumbai pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who was bowling that over, bowled a delivery which took the inside edge of batsman Ajinkya Rahane’s bat. Rahane wanted to drive towards the off-side, got it off the inside part to square leg. He took the first run quite fast and wanted the second as well,the other batsman, Faf du Plessis, was ball watching and denied it and both batsmen were at the same end, but then the Proteas batsman went for the run. He had a one on one battle with Buttler who after failing to collect the throw cleanly, underarms the throw at the bowler’s end. However, his throw missed the stumps and du Plessis survived.
Now obviously the attempt will remind every one of Dhoni’s famous dismissal against Bangladesh in the last over during this year’s World T20 when his underarm throw caught the Bangladeshi batsman short of his crease and helped India to avoid embarrassment.
Pandya, who was bowling the last over, pitched it short outside the off-stump and the batsman Shuvagata Hom missed it, Dhoni collected the ball, sprinted towards the wickets and threw them down. A few seconds later the third umpire confirmed that Dhoni beat both Mustafizur and Bangladesh by just a few inches.
Buttler’s howler :