MS Dhoni completes 100 dismissals in Indian Premier League

first_imgMilestone man Mahendra Singh Dhoni reached another landmark when he caught Delhi Daredevils batsman Shreyas Iyer at Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday.The 35-year-old took an easy catch to dismiss Iyer off Jaydev Unadkat on the first ball of the third over. Iyer looked to throw his bat at at a good length delivery but only to get an outside edge. The ball carried nicely to Dhoni, who took the catch with ease.The catch helped Dhoni complete 100 dismissals in the IPL, becoming the second wicket-keeper after Dinesh Karthik to reach the milestone.Playing his 156th game, Dhoni has so far claimed 71 catches and 29 stumpings in his IPL career.Dhoni has played 129 matches for Chennai Super Kings, who were suspended for two seasons in 2015 by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha panel due to a betting and corruption scam that rocked the nation in 2013.He was then bought by Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 for whom he has played 27 matches in two seasons so far.FABULOUS DHONIHe as been fabulous with his glove-work this Indian Premier League. Earlier this month, he once again showed why he remains India’s undisputed king behind the stumps with yet another brilliant run out of Dinesh Karthik in Pune.In the final over of Gujarat Lions’ innings, Basil Thampi was on strike against Jaydev Unadkat. The left-arm pacer bowled a slower and Thampi swung his bat wildly only to miss it. Karthik, at the non-striker’s end, wanted the strike in the last ball and set off.advertisementBut Dhoni collected the ball and fired a direct hit at the striker’s end to send Karthik back to the pavilion. The speed and precision of Dhoni’s throw was such that even Karthik’s desperate dive failed to save him from getting run out.DHONI TOO QUICK FOR ‘SUPERMAN’ ABDThis was not the first time that Dhoni’s sharp glove-work floored his opposition.Earlier this month, he produced a sensational stumping to dismiss Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers. On the second delivery of the 11th over of the RCB innings bowled by South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Dhoni showed his class behind the stumps when he knocked off the bails in lighting speed even before de Villiers could think of getting his back leg into the crease.TAYLOR FLABBERGASTEDIn October last year, Dhoni’s sensational skills behind the stumps left New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor flabbergasted.The 35-year-old grabbed the spotlight with his lightning quick hands during the fourth one-day international against New Zealand. Playing at his home ground in Ranchi, Dhoni’s superb display behind the wicket left Taylor stunned.In the 46th over, Taylor, who played Umesh Yadav through square leg, was looking for a second run but Dhoni back-flicked a throw from Dhawal Kulkarni onto the stumps in a flash and without even looking at it.TV replays later confirmed that Taylor was short of the crease. The Kiwi couldn’t believe his luck as he walked off with a grin.DHONI PLOTS BANGLADESH’S OUSTER IN WORLD T20In March 2016 during India vs Bangladesh World T20 clash, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side required 11 runs from 6 balls but Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad got out in successive deliveries after hitting couple of boundaries.It all boiled down to the last ball, off which two runs was required. Dhoni remained calm under pressure when he was required to break the stumps after the the final ball had been bowled. As the bails flashed, Dhoni and his men went berserk and celebrated the win in front of a jubilant, relieved crowd.last_img