Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not just an explosive batsman but also a street-smart wicket-keeper. While the wicket-keeper-batsman does not boast of an ideal technique, he makes up for it with his sheer presence of mind. Dhoni has affected numerous stumpings and run-outs in his unique style. His heroics in the T20 World Cup come to mind when there is a discussion about his role behind the stumps. On Wednesday, the former India captain displayed more brilliance as he ran out Sunil Narine.
In the third over of the Kolkata Knight Riders innings, Rising Pune Supergiant spinner Washington Sundar bowled a delivery on Gautam Gambhir’s pads. The left-hander flicked the ball to the fine-leg area and attempted to complete a quick single. Narine, in his new role as an opener, responded to the call.
The fielder, Shardul Thakur, picked up the ball and fired in an underarm throw at the stumps. Dhoni, realizing that there was no time to collect the ball, decided to just deflect it on to the stumps.
The game awareness shown by Dhoni at that crucial moment made sure Narine didn’t have enough time to make his ground. The umpire referred the decision to the TV umpires, who watched the replays and promptly sent Narine back to the pavilion.
There was no respite for Pune after Narine’s wicket, as Gambhir and Robin Uthappa launched a fierce attack on the bowlers. However, Twitter could not stop talking about Dhoni’s genius behind the stumps.