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Former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu has revealed his first impressions of India’s ex-captain MS Dhoni. Taibu thought Dinesh Karthik was a natural keeper as compared to Dhoni when he first burst into the scene. It is not that Dhoni changed his technique after announcing himself at the big stage, but he was able to enhance his skills to the top level.
Meanwhile, it is well known that Dhoni’s technique is not traditional. Dhoni has his own technique which has helped him reap rewards at the International level. In fact, Dhoni is both unconventional in his batting and keeping but there is no qualm that his methods or technique is the most effective.
MS Dhoni was able to grab his chances
The Jharkhand wicket-keeper batsman was able to grab his chances at the top level. The talisman had announced himself when he played a blistering knock of 148 runs against arch-rivals Pakistan at Visakhapatnam. Dhoni has not looked back since then as he kept taking giant strides in his career.
On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik was more technical as compared to Dhoni both with the bat and behind the stumps. However, the Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper was not able to grab his chances.
The first time I saw Dhoni, if I’m to be honest…he had come with the India A side. I thought Karthik was more natural than Dhoni. And still, in keeping, he is more natural…even in batting he is more natural,” Taibu said on Fan Play-Sports Ruler ‘Inside Out With Baggs’ on YouTube channel.
“Now, the way he (MSD) keeps, his hands are not always together like you always have the little fingers together… when he catches his hands are always not like that…
“But he always manages to catch the ball and whip the bails in a flash with a very different technique…very different and odd technique,” Taibu added.
Not only MS Dhoni had a different wicket-keeping technique when he was keeping but he also had a different batting technique. Dhoni had lightning-quick hands behind the stumps and his hand-eye coordination helped him in his batting.
“Same thing about his batting…different technique. But great hand-eye co-ordination. But I don’t think it’s only his hand-eye coordination but probably his mental toughness.
“Normally if you don’t look the part, so to speak, it’s easy for coaches to just put you aside. But Dhoni backs that up with statistics,” Taibu added.
MS Dhoni is regarded as one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen in the ODI format. Dhoni is also considered as the best finisher of the game. The right-hander has thus far scored 10773 runs in 350 ODIs at an impressive average of 50.57.