That removing the foot from popping crease when Mahendra Singh Dhoni is behind the stumps is nothing less than a crime was once made clear by the India wicketkeeper in the just-concluded second T20 International against Sri Lanka in Indore.
The latest player to pay the price for Dhoni’s glove-work is Asela Gunaratne. The incident occurred in the 15th over of the innings when Gunaratne was facing chinaman spinner, Kuldeep Yadav. The right-handed batsman went for a wild sweep off a fuller length delivery but missed it and in doing so he had his back leg dragged out off the crease. And although it took the batsman a fraction of a second to put his leg back inside the crease, it was enough for Dhoni to do what he does best.
As soon as the 36-year old spotted a chance, he took the bails off in a flash and looked confident. The on-field umpire, meanwhile, referred the decision to the third umpire and not surprisingly once again Dhoni was spot on with his appeal. Replays showed that the Gunaratne’s back foot was on the line when the bails were taken off.
Here is a clip of that stumping: