Acclaimed as one among the greatest finishers in world cricket, there have been quite a few cases when Dhoni has shocked one and with his presence of thoughts, typically with his lightning fast glove-work behind the stumps and typically with the ball in his hand.
Here we have a look at a few of such cases:
India vs West Indies: Champions Trophy (2009)
Dhoni bowled for the first time in ODIs towards West Indies in their Group A Champions Trophy match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on September 30, 2009.
West Indies have been 49/4 in 16 overs when Dhoni got here on to bowl with Dinesh Karthik donning the gloves behind the stumps and Travis Dowlin on strike. The first two deliveries, rank lengthy hops, have been hit for boundaries by Dowlin. The third supply was a dot ball. But the fourth supply did the trick. Dhoni pitched it up and obtained it to bounce slightly bit extra and Dowlin obtained an inside edge onto his stumps. This was Dhoni’s first and solely wicket in worldwide cricket.
India vs England: 1st Test, Lord’s (2011)
The Indian bowling assault weakened significantly when tempo spearhead Zaheer Khan, who had taken two wickets, pulled out with a hamstring damage in the 42nd over on Day 1 in the first Test at Lord’s in July 2011.
On Day 2, Dhoni shocked everybody when he got here on to bowl his medium pacers in the first over after Lunch with Rahul Dravid conserving the gloves. On the third ball of his second over, with England at 219/3, Kevin Pietersen was overwhelmed exterior the off-stump and adjudged caught behind by Billy Bowden. As the Indians celebrated, Pietersen known as for a evaluate and the replays confirmed that his bat had flicked his pad and the Hot Spot confirmed no indicators of an edge. Pietersen went on to attain an unbeaten 202 and England received the match by 196 runs.
India vs Bangladesh: World T20, Bengaluru (2016)
Bangladesh had almost received this one until Dhoni outsmarted and outran them. Chasing a 147-run goal, Bangladesh have been nicely heading in the right direction in their World T20 Group 2 conflict at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on March 23, 2016. It boiled all the way down to the final over and Hardik Pandya was entrusted the accountability of defending 10 runs.
Mahmudullah scored a single off the first ball to provide Mushfiqur Rahim the strike, who hit the subsequent two deliveries for boundaries and even pumped his fists in celebration after the second boundary. But Rahim went for the wonderful shot on the subsequent ball and was caught at deep mid-wicket by Shikhar Dhawan. With two runs wanted off two balls, Mahmudullah got here on strike as the batsmen had crossed whereas the ball was in the air. Dhoni changed Dhawan with India’s greatest fielder Ravindra Jadeja at deep mid-wicket. And Mahmudullah, as if on cue, hit the subsequent supply over deep mid-wicket, Jadeja ran in and took an excellent diving catch.
With two runs wanted off the final ball, Bangladesh had new batsmen Shuvagata Hom and Mustafizur Rahman in the center. With Shuvagata on strike, Dhoni eliminated the glove off his proper hand, simply in case. Pandya bowled a brief ball exterior off however Shuvagata failed to attach, Dhoni collected the ball and as an alternative of throwing, ran in direction of the stumps, Mustafizur ran from the non-striker’s hand. But Mustafizur couldn’t outrun Dhoni and fell wanting the crease as Dhoni hit the stumps with the ball in his proper hand to maintain India’s marketing campaign alive in the event with a one-run victory.
India vs New Zealand: 4th ODI, Ranchi (2016)
The 4th ODI of the India-New Zealand sequence was performed at Dhoni’s dwelling floor at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on October 26, 2016. And Dhoni fascinated his followers but once more with his glovework.
On the third ball of the 46th over, Ross Taylor performed an Umesh Yadav supply to tremendous leg the place Dhawal Kulkarni fielded the ball and threw it again. But as the throw was sluggish on the bounce, Dhoni went barely forward to gather the ball, collected it and without taking a look at the stumps, threw it backwards to expire Taylor (35).