Indian wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni reached the special figure of 400 dismissals from behind the stumps during third ODI between India and South Africa in Cape Town, becoming the first Indian cricketer ever to reach the landmark that only Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher have matched before. It was one of those special Dhoni stumpings once again, with the batsman not even given an opportunity to attempt a return back to the crease as MSD dislodged bails in no time. Dhoni’s special milestone also earned him the praise of Twitterati, with Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh leading the list of praises on the micro-blogging website. In total, Dhoni inflicted two dismissals in the match.
With the 400th dismissal, Dhoni increased his tally to 294 catches and 106 stumpings in 315 matches so far while Sangakkara, Gilchrist and Boucher have a total of 482, 472 and 424 dismissals to their names. Dhoni, unarguably one of the greatest glovemen to have ever played the game, had become the first wicketkeeper in the history of ODI cricket to effect 100 stumpings back in September. The 36-year-old had gone past Sangakkara’s mark of 99 during the fifth match against Sri Lanka at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and entered the 400-dismissals mark in Cape Town against South Africa.
Dhoni achieved the feat when he stumped stand-in skipper Aiden Markram off a Kuldeep Yadav delivery. Markram was beaten by a flighted delivery from Yadav and Dhoni was quick to whip off the bails in the 17th over of the innings to reach the 400-mark. Here’s the video of that dismissal:
In awe of the former Indian captain’s wicket-keeping skills, Tendulkar, Harbhajan led congratulatory tweets for the Jharkhand-born cricketer as he added another feather to his illustrious cap. Here are a few reactions:
400th* Dismissal in ODI By MSD pic.twitter.com/aW0FxgrtCA
— Bharath Kumar DHONI (@BharathDHONI007) February 8, 2018
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 7, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 7, 2018
That Duminy wicket was all MS Dhoni. Two balls earlier said, “leg pe daal”. Chahal bowled fuller, one that turns in slightly and plumb lbw. Brilliant set up — from behind the wicket. Legend! #SAvInd
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) February 4, 2018
Most Dismissals ( Overall )
Boucher – 998
Gilchrist – 905
MS Dhoni – 770*
(Catches – 597, Stumpings -173)
Most Dismissals in ODIs
Sangakkara – 482
Adam Gilchrist – 472
Boucher – 424
MSDhoni – 400*
(Catches – 294, Stumpings -106)
— DHONIsm™ ♥ (@DHONIism) February 8, 2018
Slo mos of Dhoni stumpings end really quickly #SAvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) February 7, 2018
Mahi, as he is famously known amongst friends, also holds the record of most number of unbeaten ODI innings (73) and is only the 14th overall and fourth Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly to score a century of fifties in international cricket.
Team India, who were struggling to even draw the Test matches in South Africa, now find themselves 3-0 up in the 6-match series and on brink of becoming the first Indian side to win an ODI series in the Rainbow Nation.