Twitterati recall MS Dhoni's heroics after Niroshan Dickwella missed an easy run-out chance

Twitterati recall MS Dhoni’s heroics after Niroshan Dickwella missed an easy run-out chance

Dickwella missed a direct hit which denied a famous and much-needed win for Sri Lanka.

Niroshan Dickwella
Niroshan Dickwella. (Photo Source: Twitter)

These days, wicket-keepers’ lives have become tougher, thanks to the legend called MS Dhoni. His performance behind the stumps across the world today are being judged against that of the street-smart cricketer and more often than not, his competitors are found wanting. A few days ago, Dhoni’s compatriot Rishabh Pant came under fire for not being able to match the senior keeper’s show on the ground and missing some crucial chances of dismissal.

Now, Sri Lankan keeper Niroshan Dickwella has also found himself in a similar situation. He missed an easy run-out chance against South Africa in the first T20I in Newlands, Cape Town, on Tuesday, which allowed the hosts to level the scores and take the game into the super over. The Proteas then had an easy win in the super over to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

Dickwella’s error instantly brought in a comparison with Dhoni and the Twitterati explained what the Indian keeper would have done in such a situation.

Dickwella misses the direct hit

It so happened that South Africa required two runs off the last delivery to overhaul the Sri Lankan total of 134 in 20 overs and the batsmen – Imran Tahir and Dale Steyn — ran one run to tie the scores. It was clever delivery from Isuru Udana which the former missed to connect. The ball then went to Niroshan Dickwella even as the two batsmen ran for a run blindly.

Dickwella threw the ball towards the stumps in a hurry only to miss it by a fair margin thereby allowing the single which kept the visitors away from a famous victory.

Here’s the video:

The fact that MS Dhoni is hogging the limelight here is due to his heroics against Bangladesh in the World T20 in 2016 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Bangladesh needed two off the final ball when the batsman didn’t connect and Dhoni, with his one glove, ran faster than the non-striker to affect the dismissal. Smartly, he didn’t throw the ball as it could’ve missed the stumps and this is what Dickwella should’ve done according to the fans.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Dickwella’s mistake:

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