On Wednesday, MS Dhoni not only played innings like his good old days against Sri Lanka, he also affected two stumpings and pick two catches to finish with 4 dismissals behind the wicket at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. With these dismissals, Mahi’s tally went up to 74 and he is now the wicket-keeper with the most dismissals in T20Is.
Dhoni needed two dismissals to equal AB de Villiers’s record of 72 dismissals from 78 games for South Africa. MS is now standing at the numero uno position in the list with 74 dismissals in 84 games with 47 catches and 27 stumpings. Both the stumpings of Mahi came off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal.
Promoted to the no.4 batting position, Dhoni smashed 39 off just 22 deliveries before affecting four dismissals behind the stumps to help India record a comprehensive 93-run win over Sri Lanka. With 201 dismissals in 272 matches, he has become the second wicket-keeper after Kamran Akmal (207 in 211 matches) to complete 200 dismissals or more in T20s.
The target of 181 was way too many for Sri Lanka as they slumped to their sixth consecutive T20 defeat in their 100th appearance in the shortest format of the game.
In his last outing at the Barabati Stadium here, an ODI against England in January this year, Dhoni had amassed 134 off just 122 balls in India’s mammoth 381 for six en route to a 15-run victory.