Such has been Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s mastery behind the stumps that even a untidy glove work gives an impression that can beat the reactions that come after the best of the stumpings.
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Well, the jam-packed crowd at the Barabati Stadium saved its loudest cheer for the former India skipper and the 36-year old did not disappoint them at all. The World Cup-winning skipper slammed 39 off 22 including a six off the last ball of the innings to make the fans’ day.
And as if those fireworks were not enough, Dhoni gave them another cheer to reason and this time he did it from behind the stumps. On the first ball of the ninth over bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal, Asela Gunaratne failed to keep his foot in the stumps when the spinner bowled one down the leg-side. And while Dhoni rarely misses any stumping chance, it looked the Sri Lankan would get away this time as the veteran wicketkeeper had failed to collect the ball neatly. But for a man, who is the only one to affect 100 stumpings in ODIs, an untidy collection did not matter as he directed the ball towards the stump and left Gunaratne stranded, much to the delight of the crows
Here is a clip of that stumping: