Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni entered the record books yet again as he became the wicket-keeper with most stumpings in T20I cricket. When Dhoni stumped Joe Root in the opening T20I against England at Edgbaston, he went past Kamran Akmal. The Pakistan stumper had inflicted 32 stumpings. After Root’s stumping Dhoni’s tally reached to 33 which helped him break the record.
It was Indian skipper Virat Kohli who won the toss and opted to field. England got off to a sensational start courtest openers Jason Roy and Jos Buttler. Both played some delightful shots as England got off to a flying start. They brought up 50 in 5 odd overs before Umesh Yadav provided the maiden breakthrough in the form of Jason Roy’s wicket. The ball skidded on and disturbed his timbers.
Alex Hales played a pretty ordinary knock and never got going. It was Kuldeep Yadav who brought about his end with a well flighted wrong un. He missed the ball completely while attempting a sweep and was castled all ends up. Kuldeep then came up and bowled a splendid over where he bagged three top-order wickets and made the English batters look utterly clueless.
Dhoni creates record
He bagged the wicket of Eoin Morgan, to begin with. It was again a well tossed up delivery and the skipper went for a slog sweep. He couldn’t quite time it and top-edged it straight up in the air. In the 3rd and the 4th delivery, he bagged the wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root with stunning deliveries.
On both the occasions the ball left the bat as he looped the ball quite brilliantly. It was exceptional deliveries and it was bound to create a problem for any batters. Dhoni had a bit of difficulty while gathering the 2nd one. However, the one to Bairstow was quite straightforward.