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‘Mahi-way’: The art, and science, of wicketkeeping


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The 18th over, as South Africa chased a revised aim during a Wanderers, was eventful. That was when David Miller got dual lives. That over by Yuzvendra Chahal became a vital articulate indicate of a fourth ODI.

His next, however, saw a monumental block of cricket, effected by MS Dhoni. The leggie once again bowled delayed by a atmosphere to Miller and a round sneaked by a gate, as a batsman attempted a heave. Dhoni churned off a bails in a peep notwithstanding being momentarily unsighted by a spin and a batsman’s pivot. Only Miller’s behind feet didn’t cocktail out of a double and he survived. But a shake of a conduct suggested disbelief, and also his indebtedness for a good gloveman.

Rewind to Sep 2017, Eden Gardens. Chahal done one deposit down leg opposite Glenn Maxwell. The Aussie charged down a track, though beaten by a length, he attempted to shave it off his pads. The round strike his right pad and went between his legs. Dhoni collected it diving to his left and in a retreat transformation he crushed a stumps, in a blink of an eye. Maxwell was gone.

The Johannesburg diversion came on a heels of Dhoni’s landmark feat in a third ODI during Cape Town, when a 36-year-old became a initial Indian to strech 400 dismissals in 50-over cricket. After 316 ODIs, he has 295 catches and 106 stumpings. Nobody has effected some-more stumpings in this format, and according to a Indian group fielding manager R Sridhar, Dhoni’s physics-defying glovework could be a theme of a cricket research.

“Dhoni has got his possess style, that is so much, so most successful for him. we consider we can do investigate into his character of wicketkeeping and we would like to call it a ‘Mahi-way’. And there are so many things to learn from that and there are so many things that a immature keepers might not even be means to contemplate. He is singular in his possess way,” Sridhar pronounced on Monday.

Not only immature ‘keepers, even a gifted ones are in Dhoni’s awe. Last year, in an talk with The Indian Express, Wriddhiman Saha spoke about his unsuccessful attempts to ape Dhoni’s character in a nets. “It’s his (Dhoni) natural. we attempted during a nets a few times though couldn’t ideal it,” Saha had said.

That Dhoni has redefined white-ball ‘keeping, generally opposite a spinners, is now a cliché. Sridhar spoke about one aspect of his talent — palm speed. “He (Dhoni) has got good hands. Definitely a best glovesman as distant as wicketkeeping to a spinners goes. His hands work during lightning speed. That’s really singular to him. It’s good to watch. At a same time, for somebody who doesn’t have that skill, it’s a large plea to get there. He is unbelievable,” a fielding manager analysed.

This paper progressing reported how Sridhar had approached Dhoni with childlike fad after India’s 2016 World T20 diversion opposite Australia. The afterwards India captain’s stumping of David Warner to a bowling of R Ashwin was mind-boggling adequate for a team’s fielding manager to conflict that way. Dhoni had loosened his left palm really somewhat to concede a round to rebound behind into his grasp and effected a stumping, all in reduction than a fragment of a second. His recognition and execution had equivalent a fact that he was unsighted by a advancing Warner and a ball’s trajectory. In technical terms, that relaxation of a hand, as Dinesh Karthik described, was a ‘give’ part. “That’s Dhoni’s genius. More than his glovework, it’s a recognition and comprehension of a sport,” Sridhar had pronounced then, adding that Dhoni is “at slightest 3 frames quicker”.

In a IPL that year, Dhoni became a ‘Pythagoras’ on a field, stretching his right leg 90 degrees and slicing a angle to stop a dab down to brief third male opposite a spinners.

At a Wanderers, in a penultimate smoothness of a Indian innings, Dhoni clipped Chris Morris past block leg though saw AB de Villiers charging towards a round in a low margin like a terrier. Dhoni had to go for a second and he finished it, using some yards faster than his partner Kuldeep Yadav, a 23-year-old. Sridhar didn’t pronounce about Dhoni’s aptness today, for that would have been saying a obvious.

How Dhoni does it

Pushes his hands towards a ball. Saves time.

Takes a round in front of a stumps, generally when throws are a small wide, and flicks it behind to outcome run-outs.

The late Bob Woolmer was a proponent of this theory.

His 90-degree leg-stretch during times behind a stumps cuts a angle and prevents singles to short/third male opposite spinners.

His reading of batsmen and marginal prophesy allows him time.

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