Ranchi: After leaving Ross Taylor stunned as he drove away in his hummer ahead of the fourth India-New Zealand ODI in Ranchi on Tuesday, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at it again and the Kiwi batsman was once again at the receiving end.
While India lost the fourth ODI as New Zealand levelled the five-match ODI series 2-2, Taylor, who is struggling with the bat in the ongoing tour of India, was the victim of Dhoni’s presence of mind and alertness.
The incident took place in the later stages of the New Zealand innings. Kiwi side, who enjoyed a solid start, were banking on Taylor’s big hitting abilities to get them closer to a formidable total on the batting track in Dhoni’s hometowan.
Taylor, on the third ball of the 46th over, hit a Umesh Yadav delivery towards the fine-leg fieldsman and took off for two runs. Dhawan Kulkarni, who was manning the area, was quick on his feet as he hurled the ball back in Dhoni’s direction.
While Taylor, although struggling, looked good to complete the second run, Dhoni took the ball on the bounce and just flicked back the ball onto the stumps, without turning, to dislodge the bails. Not only it saved some extra seconds but it also did not allow Taylor an opportunity to prolong his innings as he was run-out.
Although Dhoni, the batsman, is having a rather patchy form, his wicketkeeping skills continue to win over fans and bamboozle opposition batsmen across the globe....