Former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni is one of the finest wicketkeepers to have played the sport. With 444 international dismissals, Dhoni finished his international career second only to Kumar Sangakkara and Adam Gilchrist on the all-time charts. Former India cricketer, Mohammad Kaif believes MS Dhoni could have been a good fielder, even if he didn’t decide to take up wicketkeeping. The Natwest Series hero added that he would have been a good wicketkeeper had he taken up the glovework for India.
Well, Kaif seems to have proof of his claim. Recently, he shared a throwback video in which Dhoni and he can be seen combining to effect a run out in a match against South Africa. In the video, as the batsman tries to take a single against Harbhajan Singh after playing a defensive shot, Dhoni dropped his gloves and runs to the cover region to pick up the ball and throw it at the striker’s end. Kaif, who is positioned at a short leg, rushed to the wickets and collects the throw before smashing the stumps.
Captioning the video on Twitter, Mohammad Kaif said, “I guess MSD would have made a good fielder no matter where he stood on the field…And maybe, I wouldn’t have been a bad wicketkeeper either ;)”.
I guess MSD would have made a good fielder no matter where he stood on the field…And maybe, I wouldn't have been a bad wicketkeeper either 😉 pic.twitter.com/j4dgK71mvL
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 9, 2020
Cricket analyst Sarang Bhalerao was quick to point out that Mohammad Kaif was caught at covers by MS Dhoni in the final of IPL 2008 when Parthiv Patel was standing behind the stumps for Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
MSD caught you at covers in the IPL 2008 final off Muralitharan’s bowling. Parthiv was keeping wickets for CSK.
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 9, 2020
Dhoni is currently in the UAE, leading the training sessions for Chennai Super Kings. He looked sharp at the nets as he hit some big sixes in Dubai. Meanwhile, former Indian all-rounder, Irfan Pathan pointed out that MS Dhoni has been keeping wickets at the nets in Dubai, which is a rarity.
Describing the same, Pathan had said, “We have seen a new visual where we have seen MS Dhoni keeping the wickets. This never happens, this is something new for me because I have played cricket for so many years with him, whether it is for the Indian team or in the league with CSK, I have never seen him keeping wickets. So this is because he has not played cricket for a long time.”
Chennai Super Kings begin their campaign against defending champions Mumbai Indians on September 19 in Abu Dhabi.