“Not many people realize that in the last 10 to 15 years that he has been playing for the country, he has never had a bad day with the wicketkeeping gloves. We (the country) always treat him more like a batsman, but the phenomenal stuff that he does behind the wickets… not many people appreciate it.”
This is what chief selector MSK Prasad had to say when an under-performing Mahendra Singh Dhoni was selected in the 15-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy and the comment is enough to understand how remarkably the former captain has done his job behind the wickets over the last decade or so.
However, the Sunday (August 27) was a bad day at the office for the ace wicketkeeper as he missed a straight forward chance to run-out Dinesh Chandimal during the third One-Day International at Pallekele.
Chandimal had tucked a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery to the right of mid-wicket and set away for a single straight away. However, KL Rahul was quick to react and fired in a throw which landed just in front of the stumps and although Dhoni got both his hands to the ball he lost it while trying to flick it back onto the stumps like he had done on several occasions in the past. With Chandimal was well short of his ground, India missed a big chance to send him back and Rahul, as well as captain Virat Kohli, did not hesitate in expressing their disappointment over Dhoni’s failure to complete the run-out.
Here is a clip showing the incident:
Well, Dhoni made amends for the mistake with his bat as he played an unbeaten knock of 67 runs and shared 157 runs with Rohit Sharma for the fifth wicket to help India win the third ODI by 6 wickets. With the win, India also sealed the five-match series.