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MS Dhoni the wicketkeeper is an institution in himself, his skills grew as his game awareness improved: R Sridhar

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Former India fielding coach R Sridhar hailed MS Dhoni ‘the wicketkeeper’ as an institution in himself, whose skills behind the stumps as his game awareness improved.

MS Dhoni the wicketkeeper is an institution in himself: R Sridhar (AP Photo)

MS Dhoni the wicketkeeper is an institution in himself: R Sridhar (AP Photo)

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  • MS Dhoni the wicketkeeper is an institution in himself: R Sridhar
  • Sridhar said none of MS Dhoni’s skills were developed overnight
  • MS Dhoni established himself as one of the best wicketkeepers

Former India fielding coach R Sridhar reckons that MS Dhoni ‘the wicketkeeper’ is an institution in himself, while pointing out that Dhoni’s skills as a wicketkeeper improved as his game awareness improved.

MS Dhoni established himself as one of the best wicketkeepers to have ever graced the cricket field. He was known for his lightning speed behind the stumps and was impressive with his inputs on DRS decisions as well behind the stumps, and his keen brilliancy in reading the situation of the game helped the Indian team very well.

Dhoni has 195 stumpings. The second highest is Kumar Sangakarra with 139. The sheer genius of Dhoni’s keeping was epitomized in that unforgettable run-out against Bangladesh in the 2016 World T20.

“MS Dhoni the wicketkeeper is an institution in himself. Dhoni the wicketkeeper is a different book to write. None of his skills were developed overnight. It was not in his repertoire when he started or when India won the 2011 World Cup. It is something that has grown as his awareness of the game has gone better,” Sridhar told Sony Sports.

MS Dhoni pulled off some of the most brilliant stumpings seen on the pitch, but R Sridhar warned the young wicketkeepers to follow or practice those stumpings at home.

“You didn’t see him doing these things probably in 2016 (correct me if I am wrong). His awareness of the game has grown so much. And those stumpings that you see, which he does, I would warn young wicketkeepers to not try that at home or in practice because he has done it after collecting millions of deliveries behind the stumps. Even if you break it down to slow motion, while his hands are coming forward towards the stumps, his wrists will be going back, giving a cushion to the balls,” Sridhar added.

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