MS Dhoni fumbles behind the stumps at Ranchi

India chased the target of 48 under the allotted 6 overs.

MS Dhoni fails to stump out Aaron Finch
MS Dhoni fails to stump out Aaron Finch. (Photo Source: Twitter)

For someone who has over 160-stumping next to his name and most of them being lightning quick, it is nothing but a rare off to see a missed chance. MS Dhoni is well known for his big hits and over the years he has build a reputation of being one of the most successful wicket-keeper in the international circuit. He hardly allows the batsman to comeback to the crease after falling short in the first instance.

But on Saturday (7th October), in his hometown Ranchi, Dhoni had a rare off day behind the stumps when he failed to stump Australia’s Tim Paine. It was the 15th over of the visitors innings, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal tossed up a delivery and Paine couldn’t stop himself and went for a paddle but he missed the ball completely while he was out of his crease. To his good fortune, Dhoni too missed the ball.


The damage wasn’t major as Australia failed to put up a big score and the game was brought to a halt with 8 balls remaining in the visitors innings. Rain didn’t allow Australia to bat the 20 overs and they were restricted to 118/8 in 18.4 overs. On the other hand, India were left to chase 48 runs from 6 overs and they didn’t sweat over it and finished the game with three balls to spare.

India starts the series with a win

The Indian skipper Virat Kohli was happy to keep the winning momentum coming into the shortest format of the game. Post the game, he said “It’s been a combined effort of the players, but also the management group who have given great ideas. Picking specialist players for formats, picking mystery bowlers, giving them confidence. They can give runs in one game, but they will always hit back. Bhuvi and Bumrah have been brilliant in limited-overs lately. You need to be able to execute yorkers and slower balls and you need skill. But you need to have a good head as well, make batsmen hit the wrong areas. Unfortunate for Dhawan to miss out on so many games, but he’s back and even this innings of 15 will give him confidence.”

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