London: Dhoni was stumped only for the second time in his one-day international career on Saturday during the ongoing match against Afghanistan in Southampton. Dhoni struggled against the Afghanistan spinners and was eventually stumped off Rashid Khan’s bowling for 28 off 52 balls in the 45th over of India’s innings.
Looking to up the ante, Dhoni stepped out to Rashid Khan but missed. The ball which was fast outside off, turned sharply away from him, resulting in wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil stumping him out for only the second time in his 293 ODI innings.
The last time Dhoni was stumped was back in the 2011 World Cup in the group match against the West Indies in Chennai. India’s innings was powered by captain Virat Kohli who scored 67 off 63 balls while Kedar Jadhav scored 52 crucial runs in the death overs as they posted 224 for 8 in 50 overs after electing to bat first.
Afghanistan dominated the first innings with their spinners dictating terms from start to finish. Mohammad Nabi picked up two wickets for 33 runs from 9 overs while Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan and Rahmat Shah bagged one wicket each.
All four Afghanistan spinners were economical in their spells with their economy rate not going over 4 per over. Captain Gulbadin Naib also picked up two wickets.
Dhoni, along with Vijay Shankar and KL Rahul struggled to rotate strike and got out playing rash shots.
Indian cricket fans were a little taken aback by the approach of the batsmen, and the trolls soon started as India posted its lowest total in the tournament so far. Dhoni, who has been criticised in the past for his slow strike rate, was once again at the centre of the trolls on social media.