Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is not only famous for his captaincy and responsible batting, he has also a unique style of wicketkeeping which looks very cool and effective on the field. Recently, the Indian gloveman became the first Indian wicketkeeper and fourth overall wicketkeeper to effect 400 dismissals in ODI cricket.
Ramakrishnan Sridhar, who commonly known as R Sridhar, the fielding coach of Indian cricket team recently praised Dhoni’s unique wicketkeeping style. Sridhar commented, “Dhoni has got his own style, which is so successful for him. I think we can do a research on 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.”
Sridhar added, “He has got great hands. He has definitely the best gloveman 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, it’s a big challenge to get there.”
After clinching convincing victories in the first three ODIs of the six-match ODI series against the hosts South Africa, India suffered a defeat in the fourth ODI (Pink ODI). Despite India is leading the series by the 1-3 margin and safe in the six-match ODI series, their middle order batting is still not looking faithful.
However, Sridhar was not looking worried about Indian recent middle order batting failure. He stated, “There is a 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 endeavor is to look at the state of the game and see which player can be the best in 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.”
Sridhar also assured that they would fix the middle order batting before the upcoming World Cup. He said, “We want more finishers, we want to train and groom more finishers. At the same time, we also want our nos. 5,6,7 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.”