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Not Just With Bat, Dhoni is Not Having the Best Time Behind the Stumps as Well

Dhoni has only four dismissals and leads the list for most byes conceded, having given away 19 in the World Cup.

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Updated:July 2, 2019, 10:22 AM IST
Not Just With Bat, Dhoni is Not Having the Best Time Behind the Stumps as Well
MS Dhoni has not been having the best of tournaments at 2019 World Cup (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known for his lusty blow at the end of an innings and for his quick-witted work behind the stumps. The two-time World Cup-winning captain has done it on numerous counts for Team India over his almost 15-year career.

But, he is 37-years old now. The man who once could do no wrong, can't seem to get things right at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Dhoni has not been having the best of times with the bat, as his failing hands just refuse to do his mind's bidding. The former Indian captain has scored 188 from six outings, with the last game against England caused fans to raise questions again. Dhoni scored a slow and steady 31-ball 42 not out as India lost to England by 31 runs.

However, his influence behind the stumps, from where he has been running things for what seems like ever now, too has been waning. His wicket-keeping has not been up to the mark in the ongoing World Cup, in respect to his own standards nor to his peers in this tournament.

Statistically, Dhoni has been the third-worst wicket-keeper in terms of dismissals in 2019 Cricket World Cup. Dhoni has affected just four dismissals - two catches and two stumpings - in the six matches so far. Although it has to be said that Dhoni can only take the catches he gets. Leading the list is Australia's Alex Carey, who has 18 dismissals from eight games to his name.

The only wicket-keepers with a worse dismissal record than Dhoni are the two who donned the gloves for Afghanistan in this World Cup - Ikram Alikhil and Mohammad Shahzad.

What's perhaps most worrisome is that Dhoni leads the list for most byes conceded, having given away 19 - double that of Alex Carey, who is the next person on the list.

His DRS prowess (Dhoni-Review-System) has also been faulty in this tournament as India missed the opportunity to get Jason Roy out for 20 in the match against England.

While it is not Dhoni's sole responsibility to get the DRS calls right, Kohli has always relied on him before taking reviews.

Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar gave a wrong decision and on MS Dhoni's insistence, Virat Kohli did not send the case upstairs. Reviews showed that Roy had indeed edged the ball straight to Dhoni as India missed out on the crucial wicket. Earlier in the match against Pakistan too, Dhoni had asked Kohli not to take DRS when replays showed it was a plumb LBW decision.

There is, however, still time though for things to turn around. India have two more group stage games remaining, and will next face Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Tuesday and Sri Lanka on Saturday at Headingley.

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