Age is just a number when it comes to MS Dhoni! The former Indian captain has time and again proved that he is still the best wicket-keeper in the world, leave aside the options available with the Indian team. With another lightning-quick stumping in the 4th ODI match against West Indies, on Monday, Dhoni has silenced his critics in style!
Windies team were already struggling in the match, and the defeat was looming over. However, it was MS Dhoni who’s stumping, and a wry smile later, drew the loudest cheer during the match. Social media went into a tizzy when Dhoni stumped Keemo Paul in the 28th over off Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling.
MS Dhoni’s Stumping of Keemo Paul Against West Indies, 2018:
Well done Ms dhoni pic.twitter.com/8ObYRGLnFo
— Vicky Raj (@VickyRa18522245) October 30, 2018
The 37-year-old wicket-keeper has always defied the laws of physics being in action behind the stumps. The acrobatic Dhoni has often helped India make a comeback during crunch situations.
As Dhoni stumped Paul in the fourth ODI match at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, we bring you a list of five instances which proves why MS Dhoni is still the BOSS, when it comes to wicket-keeping!
1. MS Dhoni Runs out Ross Taylor Without Looking, by a Back-Flick Throw
Dhoni has often tried to catch batsmen short of his crease by attempting to run them out in unorthodox ways. Here’s one instance where MS Dhoni collected a throw and deflected it on the stumps even without looking at it to send Ross Taylor back. Can you believe it?
2. Faster Than Light, Watch Lightning-Quick Stumping by MS Dhoni to Dismiss George Bailey
It doesn’t even seem like a batsman is stumped, when MS Dhoni is the person involved in it. The speed of the stumping is so quick that it looks the batsman has been bowled, and not stumped. Here’s an instance where George Bailey was astounded by the lightning-quick stumping!
3. MS Dhoni Pretends, Fools and Eventually Runs out Mitchell Marsh:
It is not easy to decipher MS Dhoni while he is donning the gloves. The charismatic cricketer has always had have a trick or two up his sleeve. His pretence, calm, and the swiftness in dismissing Mitchell Marsh was quite delighting. Someone with a bagful of tricks is quite tough to unravel; however, if it is MS Dhoni, then it is next to impossible.
4. MS Dhoni’s 10-m Dash Race Helped India Save Face Against Bangladesh:
All seemed lost when Bangladesh nearly chased down the target of 147 runs in a match at ICC T20 World Cup 2016. With two runs needed off the last ball, it was MS Dhoni’s presence of mind coupled with a mind-blowing speed that helped India save the match. The moment saw him running towards the wicket like it was his life on the line. It was his excellence to prepare himself for such a situation – something which he had done for Indian cricket for a quite long time, and continues to do so.
5. MS Dhoni Unfolds his Flying Wings, AGAIN!
— Vivek 🇮🇳 (@Vivekizm) October 27, 2018
With age-catching up and body movements restricted…err.. well, with MS Dhoni, there’s no such thing. The catch to dismiss Chanderpaul Hemraj in the third ODI match was enough testimony to the fact that it was foolery to think that age has slowed down Dhoni’s theatrics behind the stumps.
MS Dhoni, recently, was dropped from India’s T20 squad which will play against West Indies subsequently and Australia earlier next year, and all hell broke loose on social media. However, the selectors later clarified that the decision was ‘graciously welcomed’ by Dhoni himself.
Nonetheless, with all said and done, MS Dhoni happens to be the best wicket-keeping options India has for the forthcoming ICC World Cup, next year. Dhoni’s batting skills might have seen a dip, or his exploding-in-the-end abilities might be on the wane; however, MS Dhoni, the wicket-keeper, it seems is only getting better with age!