When he played for the erstwhile IPL team Chennai Super Kings, MS Dhoni featured in an ad, imitating Rajinikanth. During the promotion of his biopic, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, the wicketkeeper-batsman even met the superstar and mouthed his iconic dialogues to the delight of fans. For many in Chennai, Dhoni is possibly the cricketing equivalent of the film star.
On Wednesday, in the ODI vs New Zealand at Ranchi, Dhoni pulled off an incredible dismissal that would have made even Rajinikanth proud. Captain Cool, as he is often called, upped his cool quotient a notch with his unusual run-out of Ross Taylor.
It was the 46th over and Umesh Yadav bowled one down leg, Dhawal Kulkarni collected the ball and threw it towards Dhoni. The 35-year-old collected the ball chest high and flung it, with his usual amazing accuracy, to dislodge the timber – all the while with back to the stumps. Yes, Dhoni stumped a batsmen without even looking at the wickets.
Taylor was dismissed for 35 thanks to that smooth piece of work by Dhoni and India was eventually set a target of 261, but ended up losing the match by 19 runs. Dhoni may have been unable to give his hometown fans a win, but his flash of brilliance behind the stumps, may have partially made up for that.
Take a look at the superhero at work:
— Paul Cochrane (@paulcochrane) October 26, 2016
And #LikeABoss, his reaction to it was a just a wide grin, like he almost planned this blind run-out.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) October 26, 2016
The video of Dhoni's athletic run out immediately went viral on social media, as expected. From open-mouthed awe to some downright hilarious jokes, the internet didn't disappoint. Here's a look at the best Twitter reactions to Dhoni's insane effort in Ranchi.
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) October 26, 2016
Like you would walk blindfolded in your room that you have lived in for years. It's the same with Dhoni & the area around the stumps.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 26, 2016
'Don't try this at home...this act is performed by a professional'
This disclaimer must flash whenever Dhoni does his own stuff for runouts!
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 26, 2016
Dhoni can back & park his car without looking back because he has a camera on the back of his head #respect
— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) October 26, 2016
Never play poker with Dhoni.
He always plays blind.
— Sahil Shah (@SahilBulla) October 26, 2016
Not taught in any coaching manual.
— S. MS Dhoni (@MSDsuperfan) October 26, 2016
Dronacharya to student( before a run-out): What are you looking at ?
Others: Batsman & Stumps
Dhoni : Only stumps #INDvsNZ
— Cricket Bakchod (@AllTimeBakchod) October 26, 2016
Dhoni can get you run out without even looking at stump. He can also find the right switch even if the light is off. Legend !
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) October 26, 2016
Now Fox Star Studio should re release Dhoni's biopic with this stumping by Dhoni. #indvsnz
— Bhushan Kadam (@sachinislife) October 26, 2016
— Sir Lazy (@iLazyLad) October 26, 2016
But All India Backchod may have had the best tweet of all, with Dhoni as Bajirao.
— All India Bakchod (@AllIndiaBakchod) October 26, 2016
There was a also a Shah Rukh Khan reference.
— Arjun (@Always_Arjun) October 26, 2016
And one with Hrithik Roshan and his new film Kaabil.
— Being Indian (@Beingind) October 26, 2016