Pallekhele: MS Dhoni has equalled the record for most stumpings in one-day international cricket.
When the former India captain removed the bails to stump Sri Lankan opener Danishka Gunathilaka in the second ODI in Kandy on Thursday, he joined Kumar Sangakkara at the top with 99 stumpings.
Dhoni may move to the top in this series with three more matches to play. When he makes the record, it is bound stay for a long time as no current player is even close to him. After him and Sangakkara, the next in the list is former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Rumesh Kaluwitharna, who finished his career with 75 stumpings.
Most of Dhoni’s stumpings have come off the bowling of off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (19), followed by Ravindra Jadeja (15) and R Ashwin (14). The remaining are shared by 19 other bowlers. Dhoni’s form and future has been under scanner post his Test retirement. However, captain Virat Kohli has expressed his confidence in him and is hoping that next 24 limited overs matches will help Dhoni get his mojo back.
“This coming season gives us an opportunity to define roles for players and give them time to execute it so that for the World Cup, we know exactly what one player needs to do in certain situations,” Kohli told mediapersons ahead of second ODI.
“And it helps someone like MS also because he doesn’t play Test cricket anymore. This long streak of matches will help him be in touch with the international games, find some momentum and stick to it,” Kohli added.
For the skipper, it’s about growing good habits and sustaining them in the lead upto the World Cup.
“So it’s an opportunity for everyone in the team including MS to create good habits and sustain them over a period of time,” the skipper made it amply clear how much he wishes to have an in-form Dhoni in the team.