The Mahi Way: MS Dhoni's unique style of wicketkeeping deserves to be 'researched', believes India fielding coach

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's style of wicketkeeping has never been purely classical but it has worked wonderfully well for him, feels India's fielding coach R Sridhar.

PTI, February 12, 2018

Port Elizabeth: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's style of wicketkeeping has never been purely classical but it has worked wonderfully well for him, feels India's fielding coach R Sridhar.

Dhoni is not big on keeping drills during training sessions but amazes all and sundry with some swift stumpings and flash run-outs.

MS Dhoni's dismissals in the ongoing India-Sri Lanka T20I series were at the centre of MSK Prasad's shower of praises. Reuters

File image of MS Dhoni. Reuters

"Dhoni has got his own style, which is so successful for him. I think we can do a research into his style of wicketkeeping and I would like to call it 'The Mahi Way'. There are so many things to learn from that and so many things that other young keepers may not even be able to contemplate. He is unique in his own way and that is exactly how cricketers should be unique in their own way," the fielding coach lavished praise on the former India captain.

For the record, Dhoni has 295 catches and 106 stumpings in 316 ODIs.

"He has got great hands. He has definitely the best glovesman as far as keeping for spinners goes. His hands work at the speed of lightning, for stumpings we all know that.That is something which is very innate to him and great to watch. At the same time, for somebody who doesn't have that skill, its a big challenge to get there," Sridhar stated.

India have a poor record at St. George Park, having never won an ODI in five attempts. But they are still in with a golden chance of making history as they stand on the cusp of a first-ever ODI series win on South African soil.

There is worry though in the form of the middle order, given that the batting has been too reliant on Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in this series.

The whole endeavour is to look at the state of the game and see which player can be the best at that particular situation. And to give our other batsmen, apart from obviously MS, a chance to go there, take the responsibility and take the game till the end

"We want more finishers, we want to train and groom more finishers. At the same time we also want our nos. 5,6 and 7 to be able to go in, learn the situation and adapt to it. That is why you see the rotation, but very soon I think we will be settling into a fixed 5,6 & 7 as we get closer to the World Cup," Sridhar said.

Updated Date: Feb 12, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114