After Glenn Maxwell run out, Harsha Bhogle exclaims thinks MS Dhoni will go for a walk in an earthquake situation
Dhoni’s cool-as-a-cucumber mindset has been widely lauded and Maxwell’s run out was just another feather in the cap of the Indian wicketkeeper.
Updated - Mar 8, 2019 9:27 pm
MS Dhoni is perhaps the best wicketkeeper in limited-overs cricket when it comes to thinking on his feet and finding out innovative ways to get wickets for the team. He is blessed with a lot of unique qualities; a cricketer would ever be dreamt of. During the early days in his international career, Dhoni was known for his bludgeoning sixes at will and he gained fame as a ferocious hitter of the cricket ball. In mids of his career, when he was named the captain of the team, Dhoni evolved as the best finisher, without an argument, the world of limited-overs cricket has seen.
With his career being in the twilight, his batting and hitting skills have waned significantly, but his keeping still remains sharp as ever. Also, his cricketing mind rivals that of the likes of Greg Chappell, Mike Brearley, Sachin Tendulkar, and Kumar Sangakkara and his way of reading the game has helped the team many times. His skills to read the game and can suggest the best procedure for his teammates to deliver the goods.
Examples of MS Dhoni’s brilliance behind the stumps
One of the best examples of him reading the game came against Pakistan in an ODI in India, where Shahid Afridi was hammering the Indian bowling all over the park. In an over of Sachin Tendulkar, Afridi was tonking the little master over the cover region by dancing down the wicket. Dhoni observed this and asked Sachin to bowl a wide ball outside off stump. The next ball, Tendulkar did the same and Afridi, who had come out of his crease, missed the ball and Dhoni stumped him.
One more example was seen against New Zealand in 2016-17 when a throw from Dhawal Kulkarni was a bit errant one, but MS gathered it in front of the stumps and flicked it onto the stumps to run Ross Taylor out.
During the third ODI between India and Australia, the opening pair of Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja put up 193 runs for the first wicket, after they were invited to bat first by Kohli, who won the toss. After Kuldeep Yadav had Finch out LBW, Glenn Maxwell came out at number three to push the scoring rate towards 350.
Maxwell had already done some damage and India was looking for a way to get rid of him. One opportunity came when Shaun Marsh had played a ball towards Ravindra Jadeja on the off side and took off for a run. Jadeja saw the opportunity and threw the ball towards Dhoni. The ball was a bit away from the stumps and Dhoni nonchalantly flicked the ball onto the stumps and the replays found Maxwell short of the crease.
This led to commentator Harsha Bhogle to exclaim that “when there is an earthquake Dhoni will go for a walk”, a testament to the coolness and calmness of the former India captain. Dhoni’s cool-as-a-cucumber mindset has been widely lauded and Maxwell’s run out was just another feather in the cap of the Indian wicketkeeper.