How often Team India’s ever-reliant wicket-keeper MS Dhoni has removed the bails of the groove, that too in a flash? The answer would be on numerous occasions, and above all, it has become a norm now. His sharp glovework set him apart from his counterparts and in it there lies a speciality. Dhoni who’s the best keeper of contemporary generation without an iota of doubt has showcased his skills once again on Saturday (January 26) during the second ongoing ODI of the Netmeds five-match India vs New Zealand 2019 series at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
To be precise, the 37-year-old Men in Blue veteran Dhoni has turned back the clock by remaining unbeaten in his last three ODIs. He smashed unbeaten 48 against the Kiwis in the second ODI fixture in Tauranga.
However, his wicketkeeping job has earned him accolades often than not. So much so, the youngsters see him as an idol apart from the bandwagon of the legendary cricketers who heaped praise on the prominent athlete.
Know how Dhoni stumped Ross Taylor?
The incident took place on the first delivery of the 18th over of the Black Caps‘ innings when the middle-order batsman Ross Taylor was taking on Kedar Jadhav. Like a hawk, behind the stumps, Dhoni doesn’t allow batters to go off balance owing to a popping crease.
The right-handed batsman Taylor lost the balance while trying to build upon a partnership after hosts lost quick wickets in a bid to chase down the 300-plus target. Owing to a drift, Taylor was befuddled by Kedar.
The prominent batsman Taylor went for a gentle push but got beaten all hands up before losing the balance which was enough for Dhoni to whip-off the zing-bails while appealing for effecting the stumping.
And there’s some interesting thing about Dhoni’s appeal, and he will never express an excitement. Such is the legacy of Dhoni behind the stumps.
With India opting for a review straight away, the TV replay suggested Taylor’s back foot was inches off the ground and that was enough as a shred of evidence. The Australian-based third umpire David Boon took no time in declaring Taylor out. The Kiwis senior batsman returned to the pavilion after scoring 22 off 25 balls.
Batting first, India posted 324 for four in 50 allotted overs.
So, sit back, relax and watch how Dhoni stumped Ross Taylor: