top button
Flag Notify
    Connect to us
      Facebook Login
      Site Registration Why to Join

Facebook Login
Site Registration

Dhoni Stops Bangladeshi Bowler Midway To Set Their Fielding & Twitter Says 'Who's The Boss'

+1 vote
121 views

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a lot of things, and being generous is one of them. 

During Team India's second warm-up game ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 in Cardiff, the former Indian skipper was on a roll like he used to be on a constant basis back in his prime days. 

After a disappointing start to the Indian batting innings with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan getting dismissed off the pitch early on, Mahi alongside KL Rahul gave India a second chance when they picked the game up after 15 overs. With no traces of nervousness on his face, Dhoni's steady stance, precision with the bat and otherworldly strength in the shoulders enabled him to send the ball flying for longer shots, beyond the boundary. 

With 8 fours and 7 sixes, Dhoni scored a ton in just 73 deliveries with the 100th run coming of a massive 90m six above the bowler's head. As the batsman raised his bat to celebrate his achievement, captain Virat Kohli showed some love in the 'classic Virat Kohli' way. 

But despite the hammering, the giving nature of Dhoni's forced him to stop the bowler Sabbir Rahman in the middle of his runup because he wanted to help the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side set up a better field than before. 

Asking the opposing to consider moving his fielding who was basically lingering around at mid-wicket, Mahi asked Mortaza to place him to square leg, where he would have been of a lot more use. 

Finding sense and logic in the legendary wicket-keeper's observation, the Bangladeshi skipper obliged. 

Twitter was quick to react to this extremely rare yet valuable moment in the world of cricket: 

While it was only a friendly match where the end results did not matter, the fact that there is absolutely no one who has helped their rivals set up the field shows how much Dhoni cares about enjoying a good game of cricket rather than making it all about winning or losing.

He may face a lot of criticism when he struggles with the form but it is because of things like this that the nation continues to love and support the veteran. 

posted May 29 by Ati Kumar

  Promote This Article
Facebook Share Button Twitter Share Button LinkedIn Share Button


Related Articles

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most loved men in the Indian society both as a cricketer and as a common man. His love and admiration for the Indian Army and special forces are second to none and have been well documented throughout the veteran's professional career. 

In the ICC World Cup 2019 debut for the Men in Blue the former Indian skipper and World Cup winner, decided to pay homage to the nation's Para Special Forces in the most unique manner by proudly sporting their distinguishing insignia which honours the Parachute regiment, on his wicket keeping gloves. 

The emblem represents the struggle and intense training a member of the regiment goes through before officially getting inducted. Considered to be one of the most difficult regimens, a candidate gets exposed to extreme environments which includes being exposed to sleep deprivation, exhaustion, humiliation and various mental and physical tortures to make their resolve unbreakable. 

Even after going through so much, the candidates do not officially get inducted until they complete what is known as the 'Balidan Padh' wherein, once their training is complete, they have to spend a year in a hostile zone, actively being involved in operations. It is only after that one year that they are honoured with the 'Balidan' insignia. Such is the importance and value of the sign. 

It did not take too long for the Indian fans to take notice of Dhoni's silent gesture and they did not hold back in showering the legendary cricketer with love: 

This man shows his love for the nation and army.
A Regimental Dragger(BALIDAN) of Indian Army Para Special Force on MS Dhoni Gloves. #IndianArmy #Balidan pic.twitter.com/P5haUEyQcy

— Sachin Joraviya (@SachinJoraviya) June 5, 2019

Salute & respect to MS Dhoni who printed insignia of 'Balidan' on his wicket keeping gloves.

READ MORE

“I’m not thinking about the comparison too much. As a player, I want to learn from him (Dhoni). He’s a legend of the game,” said Rishabh Pant.

ms dhoni vs rishabh pant

 

  •  
  •  
  •  

MS Dhoni’s resting from the last two matches of the concluded ODI series against Australia had opened the door for Rishabh Pant but the young wicketkeeper-batsman ended up receiving criticism for his work behind the stumps.

The 21-year-old amassed only 52 runs in his two outings. However, it hardly took a while for the critics to draw a comparison between him and the master of the game.

Speaking to ANI on Saturday, Pant said: “I’m not thinking about the comparison too much. As a player, I want to learn from him (Dhoni). He’s a legend of the game. I don’t want people to compare but I can’t stop them from doing so. I’m close to him and talk to him about everything how I can improve my game on and off the field”.

Despite the failings during the series, Pant pointed out that he is been learning a lot of things from Indian captain Virat Kohli and former captain Dhoni. While many fans and critics feel it's too early to see Pant as Dhoni's successor, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting backed the youngster to be Dhoni's deputy in the upcoming World Cup.

"If he can win a couple of games for us (IPL side Delhi Capitals) then everything will be forgotten. I can't see anyone better than him as a second wicketkeeper in that Indian World Cup squad," Ponting, who is the head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals, said on Saturday.

 

  •  
  •  
  •  

MS Dhoni’s resting from the last two matches of the concluded ODI series against Australia had opened the door for Rishabh Pant but the young wicketkeeper-batsman ended up receiving criticism for his work behind the stumps.

READ MORE

Veteran spinner Imran Tahir described Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as "unreal", saying even without talking much he has the capability to lift the team up.



Chennai Super Kings secured a thrilling eight-run win over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match here on Sunday night as Dhoni hit a match-winning unbeaten knock of 75 off 46 balls to guide his team to a respectable total of 175 under challenging conditions.
"The way he carries himself is just unreal. He won't say much but he knows how to lift the team up. He is a great leader and a great human being," Tahir said at the post-match press conference.
The South African also credited Dhoni for living up to his reputation of being one the best finishers in the world and a good tactician.
"You know Dhoni plays really well in these situations because like (Dwayne) Bravo he's done this so many times, and that's why he's called Mr Cool. He works hard on his game plan. Even in practice sessions, he helps his team-mates. And we respect that.
"I think as a bowling group we did really well. Even while batting, Mahi Bhai played unbelievably well and set the tone for us. I'm just really happy with whatever we did as a team," he told reporters after the match.
In the opening encounter, the pitch at the MA Chidambaram stadium was criticised for being a rank turner. Tahir lamented that the conditions were not favourable for the bowlers on Sunday with dew being a factor.
"We have to prepare ourselves, we were not expecting that much dew. We have to practice with the wet ball going forward in the games."
Tahir, who is now the purple cap holder with six wickets in three matches, said he had to dig deep into his reservoir of experience to counter the dew.
"I am feeling very good, very proud. It was there (dew); I tried to use my experience but the ball was really wet. It's always nerves. The first match I dropped a catch, so didn't want to repeat the mistake. Every catch is a difficult one.
"It's the passion and respect I have for the game. I don't take anything for granted. Whenever I am playing, I try to contribute to my team," he added.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tahir credited Dhoni for living up to his reputation of being one the best finishers in the world and a good tactician.
  • Tahir lamented that the conditions were not favourable for the bowlers on Sunday with dew being a factor.
  • Tahir said he had to dig deep into his reservoir of experience to counter the dew.
READ MORE

MS Dhoni is too old to still be playing for Team India. He can no longer hit the ball at will. The finisher that once enthralled fans is finished now. Just look at the number of deliveries he eats up in his innings. He's surely a liability for the Indian team. Dhoni is just occupying a Team India spot which can very well be used to accommodate a player that actually deserves it. Surely, we can't win the ICC World Cup with Dhoni in the side.

All these comments haunted the former Indian captain in 2018, making it almost imperative for Dhoni to call it quits. But, there is a reason why this man is called 'Captain Cool'. The Jharkhand cricketer is one of those rare breeds of cricketers who thrive under pressure. You knock them down, they get right back up. You push them back, they come forward with rediscovered strength.

For someone who remains India's most popular and definitely the most scrutinised cricketer (barring Sachin Tendulkar), Dhoni was out of form and sorts before he travelled to Australia for the three-match ODI series earlier this January. With the critics watching his every move, waiting for him to fall, right before embarking on 'we hate Dhoni' bandwagon; the 37-year-old had everything to lose - his career, place in the side and, more importantly, a chance to play the 2019 ICC World Cup.

But, in the past four months, Dhoni has not only managed to silence his critics with a brilliant showing, but has rightly made the World Cup spot his own. More recently, his exploits in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) almost powered Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their fourth title, if it wasn't for a rampaging Mumbai Indians (MI) brigade.

Apart from a rediscovered form in his batting, Dhoni has so many other roles in the team which makes him a vital cog in India's dreams of capturing their third World Cup title. 

Here's a look at what makes Dhoni a key ingredient in India's title aspirations at this year's World Cup:

Middle-Order Stability 

Unlike the T20 version, the ODI format is an extension that cannot be dictated just by hammering the ball out of the park. It demands the batsmen to rotate the strike and stitch crucial partnerships in the middle overs before launching the all mighty attack on the opposition bowlers in the final stages of the game. While India might boast of a strong batting line-up, no one is best suited to stabilise the innings than Dhoni.

The Jharkhand cricketer might not be the finisher we once knew, but, as India's batting line-up evolved over the years, so did Dhoni's role. From being the most consistent finishers in the sport, Dhoni has now adapted to his new role of being a sheet anchor for the team. The new-age MSD allows the batting to revolve around him as he holds the fort at the other end. And, once the game nears its end, Dhoni swaps his role and the finisher takes over.

Going into the World Cup, India have thrived on the form of their top three, with the middle-order yet to be tested, which makes Dhoni's presence furthermore crucial for Kohli's men in England & Wales.

Lightning Quick Glovework 

Cricket, like other sports, is a game dictated by rules and there are numerous ways in which the coaches emphasise on its importance across the globe. Technique does not end with batting alone, as noticed with wicket-keepers who are equally expected to follow certain guidelines to reap better returns. 

Amongst others, one major rule related to wicket-keeping or fielding, in general, is inertia. With the ball travelling to the fielder's hands at a rapid pace, a cricketer is expected to catch the ball and let it slide with the momentum for some time before resisting the motion. The idea is to absorb the momentum of the ball slowly in a bid to avoid chances of it popping out of their hands.

While most wicket-keepers follow this tactic against seamers and spinners, Dhoni follows a completely different ideology. He believes in attacking the ball and throwing his hands at the stumps as quickly as possible. When he keeps to the spinners, Dhoni moves his hands towards the ball and - without moving his hand back for even a second - guides it to the stumps. So what does he achieve by doing that? As noted on one of his stumpings, a reaction time of a staggering 0.38 seconds.

When it comes to run-outs, Dhoni has evolved from traditional techniques even more. While the age-old wicket-keeping technique would state that a keeper needs to be behind the stumps to collect a throw, the Jharkhand cricketer feels otherwise. Rather than standing behind, Dhoni stands right in front and flicks the ball onto the stumps using the momentum of the throw. That technique might not be listed in any rule book, but the Indian wicket-keeper has made it work over the years.

Setting Up The Field 

A wicket-keeper enjoys the luxury of having one of the best views on the field. And, Dhoni makes the most of it with his shrewd awareness behind the stumps. Keeping a close watch on the contest between the bowler and the batsman, Dhoni is often seen setting up the field according to the situation.

Such has been his know-how of the game that Dhoni, almost like a seer, ends up predicting the shots which are yet to be played by the opposition batsmen. There have been numerous instances where, after anticipating the batsmen's shot selection, the former Indian captain's field settings have led to a breakthrough. And, that added skill-set is likely to come in handy for India in England & Wales.

Guiding The Bowlers 

The close proximity of a wicket-keeper with the bowlers allows them to pass on vital information about the batsman's play. If the batsman falters in footwork, the wicket-keeper is probably the first one to notice and advise the bowler to use it to his own good. And, Dhoni is no different.

The Indian wicket-keeper has been the guiding force behind the rapid rise of Indian spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and YuzvendraChahal in limited-overs cricket. The stump-mic chatter from numerous ODI games India has played in the past has been a testimony to how Dhoni has helped the Indian spinners to get the better of the Proteas.

"From behind the stumps, Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) always keeps advising you. He knows what the batsman is going to try. It makes it easier for us," Chahal has been quoted as saying in the past.

India's Go-To-Man For DRS 

With the advent of the Decision Review System (DRS), the cricket teams have an option to challenge on-field decisions. While most teams have struggled to properly use the review, India seems to be doing pretty damn well - thanks to MSD. Such has been his awareness behind the stumps that he has developed a knack for getting the review right, almost every time.

His impeccable judgement on the DRS has aided Team India on multiple occasions in the past. While many of his teammates, including captain Virat Kohli, have struggled to identify a potential opportunity, Dhoni has made DRS his own forte. In the modern era of cricket, where every opportunity is crucial in the bigger scheme of things, that is one additional skill a keeper needs and Dhoni leads the way, yet again.

READ MORE
Contact Us
+91 9880187415
sales@queryhome.net
support@queryhome.net
#280, 3rd floor, 5th Main
6th Sector, HSR Layout
Bangalore-560102
Karnataka INDIA.
QUERY HOME
...