MS Dhoni Behind Stumps – Best Stumpings by MS Dhoni in the history of his Cricket career
MS Dhoni behind stumps is still the best when it comes to the glove work. He is the fastest among all the wicketkeepers in India and the world. MS is always considered as ‘Dhoni G’ for the most accurate stumpings in cricket history. He made his international debut in 2004 and till now (2019), he has played over 349 matches and 344 innings. In that, he has taken 320 catches and has dismissed 123 batsmen through stumpings.
The 123 stumpings are the most by any wicketkeepers. Dhoni has put some great wicket keepers behind like Kumara Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist, Mark Boucher, Rahul Dravid, Ian Healy, Moin Khan, Andy Flower, Brendon McCullum, Niall John O’Brien, and many more.
The best of MS Dhoni behind stumps – Dhoni’s Magic behind the stumps
The stumping of Jonathan Trott in the ICC Champions Trophy Final in 2013 –That year, The Indian Team was crowned the ‘ICC Champions Trophy Winners’. Most people remember the contribution of Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja as they won the golden bat and golden ball awards. But people fail to applaud the genius behind the stumps. Cunning and sharp MS Dhoni got two dismissals through his stumpings and that was also the reason why India clinched that title. In the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy Final. India set a modest total of 130 runs. Due to rains, the overs were reduced to 20 overs per side. Chasing 130 to for the title win, the hosts batted well. They were in the game because of Jonathan Trott. But then, the spin was introduced by India and that did the trick. Jonathan Trott was out stumped on the leg side by skipper MSD. He was just too quick to grab the ball and took the bails off. India got back in the game through the stumping of MS Dhoni.
The stumping of Ian Bell in the ICC Champions Trophy Final in 2013 –Another instance, in the same match from 2013, the final of ICC Champions Trophy. England’s best batsmen (then) was in charge, he wanted to take England home. But again, it was MS Dhoni who didn’t allow that to happen. He caught Ian Bell off guard when he lost his balance. Dhoni was very quick to take the bails off in flash. This was the main dismissal that gave England a narrow loss.
The stumping of Glenn Maxwell in a T20 series against AustraliaWhile batting, the duo of Yuvraj and Dhoni has won many games for India. In this match, it was Yuvraj with the ball and MSD with his glove work that ensured India’s victory against Australia in the T20I match. India batted first and posted 184 runs after their 20 overs. The target looked big but the Indians were not sure of defending because the Aussies had a huge batting line up and they could have chased down the score. But again, it was the Dhoni and Yuvi’s partnership which did the trick for India that day. Yuvraj bowled to Maxwell and Dhoni did the rest behind the stumps. MSD dismissed Maxwell with a classic stump when Maxwell tried to hit Yuvraj down to the ground. Dhoni dismissed 4 other batsmen too with his glove work which again resulted in India’s victory in that match by 27 runs.
The stumpingTillakaratne Dilshan in a T20 Match in 2016 –
India and Sri Lanka faced off in a T20I match in 2016. The Lankans relied too much on Dilshan for a good start. But they never got one in that match. Dilshan couldn’t read Ashwin’s variations and that foxed him completely. Dilshan stepped out without realizing that the world’ best keeper was behind him. Dhoni wasted no time and whipped out the bails in flash. Dilshan was out cheaply and Sri Lanka lost that game with a heavy margin of scores.
The stumping of Jacob Oram in the 1st ODI in 2009
The Kiwi all-rounder, Jacob Oram was also undone by Dhoni’s brilliant glove work. In the 1st ODI played in 2009, the rain gods interrupted that match and so per side had 38 overs. Dhoni batted well, as India won the toss and opted to bat first in Napier. MSD scored 84 runs and India scored 273 after the 38 overs were completed. Dhoni showed his excellence when the Kiwi all-rounder first edged the ball and then was out of his batting crease. First Dhoni caught Oram off the edge and when he saw Oram’s foot was outside the line, he dismissed him through his stumping. This also showed the brilliance of the work done by Dhoni behind stumps.
The stumping of Mitchell Marsh in 2012 T20I series –
Dhoni’s brilliance is everywhere. This instance was in Australia when India toured down under. Earlier the men in blue failed to win a single test match and then they also failed to conquer the ODI series. Dhoni was instrumental as India won the second T20 match. MSD’s glove work helped India to get rid of Mitchell Marsh. Rahul Sharma the leg spinner, bowled it quickly which deceived Marsh completely. Then it was Dhoni who did the rest. He whipped off the bails in lightning speed and India won that match against the Aussies. The Aussies were bundled out for just 131 runs. Dhoni also recorded his one of the fastest stumping ever and had 5 dismissals to his name that day.