The former India skipper MS Dhoni, is currently one of the best wicket-keepers in the business. Despite age being on the wrong side, his swiftness behind the stumps has not faded at all. Dhoni has been a crucial stakeholder in this line-up, and India’s fielding coach R Sridhar has revealed the secret behind his glovework.
Sridhar reveals the secrets of Dhoni
India, on the other hand, have made a thumping start to their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign. They have won three of the four games played while one was a complete washout. Virat Kohli & Co have been thorough and outplayed their opponents in all the departments. The Men in Blues will now face Afghanistan in the next game on June 22 (Saturday) at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton and will wish to keep their winning run going.
As they prepare for the Afghan clash, R Sridhar has revealed the routine MS Dhoni follows to keep himself sharp behind the wicket. Sridhar said that Dhoni asks the fielder to throw a ball at the plastic stump and the ball deviates which allows him to catch it in the nick of time.
“He does one drill. He just asks someone to throw the ball at a plastic spring stump, so the ball just deviates and he catches it as a nick. That is one drill he does before every game. Sometimes he might join slip catching, too,” revealed Sridhar.
MS Dhoni (436) has the third highest number of dismissals in ODI cricket. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (482) and Australia’s Adam Gilchrist (472) occupy the first and the second spot respectively. He is the best in India leaving second-best Rahul Dravid by a huge margin. Dhoni will have to be at his best in the remaining matches of the World Cup as India eye to lift their third World Cup title on July 14 at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground.