Former Indian captain MS Dhoni is a benchmark and inspiration for almost all budding wicket keepers around the world. The amount of fanfare that he has even outside India is enormous. In the recently concluded T20I match between India and Australia, the stand-in Aussies skipper Mathew Wade brought in a Dhoni reference as he failed to stump Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan
The interesting incident happened in the last ball of the ninth over. Australian spinner Swepson bowled a wide delivery outside off. Dhawan went for the cut shot and missed it. Keeper Wade waited for him to raise his foot, as he tried to stump him out. But Dhawan was quick enough to bring his foot back into the crease on time and narrowly escaped a stumping dismissal. After the review, Australian stand-in captain and keeper Mathew Wade made a Dhoni reference statement that made the fans being nostalgic about the former Indian captain MS Dhoni’s stumping expertise.
‘Not Dhoni, not quick enough like Dhoni’, says Mathew Wade.
After a disappointing outing in the ODI series, the Indian team came back all-guns-blazing in the T20I series as they won the first match comfortably. In the second match as well, they held the upper-hand against the mighty Aussies. Captain Virat Kohli, opener Shikhar Dhawan, and finisher Hardik Pandya starred for India with the bat during different phases of the match. Whereas T Natarajan starred for India with the ball as he picked up 2 wickets in the span of four over giving just 20 runs in a high scoring encounter. Stand-in skipper Mathew Wade starred for Aussies with the bat as he scored a well placed 58 runs off just 32 balls.