MS Dhoni has been on a record-breaking spree in recent times and he added another feather in his collection on Sunday when he became the first wicket-keeper in the history of ODI cricket to achieve 100 stumpings.
The maverick from Ranchi stumped young Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya in the final game of the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at Colombo.
It was only poetic that the record was achieved on Sri Lankan soil as Dhoni overtook the legendary Kumar Sangakkara who had 99 stumpings to his name.
The veteran Indian wicket-keeper had equalled the Sri Lankan icon’s tally in the second match of the series in Pallekele and went one step further on Sunday.
Dananjaya had no chance after he advanced down the track against wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal leaving Dhoni all the time in the world to reach the landmark.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) September 3, 2017
The 36-year-old now has 386 dismissals in the 50-over format which puts him fourth on the all-time list. We take a look at how Dhoni compares to the other wicket-keeping greats of the game.
Matches – 404
Dismissals – 482
Catches – 383
Stumpings – 99
Matches – 287
Dismissals – 472
Catches – 417
Stumpings – 55
Matches – 295
Dismissals – 424
Catches – 402
Stumpings – 22
Matches – 301
Dismissals – 383
Catches – 283
Stumpings – 100
Matches – 219
Dismissals – 287
Catches – 214
Stumpings – 73
Virat Kohli’s India will be looking to complete their second whitewash of the Sri Lankan tour when they take on the islanders in the final ODI of the five-match series at Colombo on Wednesday.
Almost everything the visitors have touched this tour has turned into gold with dominant displays in every match as Sri Lanka have found it tough to find an answer to the marauding Indians.
Going into Sunday with a 4-0 lead, Kohli and co will be looking to experiment with the team combinations in the absence of any pressure.
There will however, be a slight amount of pressure for Indian batsman KL Rahul when he pads up to the crease at the Premadasa stadium.
The stylish Karnataka player has not had the best of series with the bat in the limited-overs format but the performance of the unit has a whole has meant that Rahul’s meagerly contributions have not made much of a difference.
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) September 2, 2017
The India Test opener has yet to consolidate his place for the Men in Blue in the 50-over format with only nine innings played so far in his fledgling career.
He introduced himself with a bang after scoring a century on debut against Zimbabwe in 2016 but has scored only a single score over 50 in the innings to come since then.
Indeed, in his last six innings, he’s notched only a miserly 52 runs for India in ODIs and has particularly struggled against Sri Lanka’s young-spinner Akila Dananjaya in the ongoing series.
Rahul has fallen prey to the youngster in each of his three innings in the series where he has a highest score of just 17.
His form in the limited-overs set-up has been in stark contrast to his Test showings where he recently became the first Indian batsman to score seven consecutive half-centuries.
Rahul missed the first Test against the hosts due to a fever but scored a half-century each of the following two games to register the record.
With the likes of Manish Pandey and Ajinkya Rahane knocking on the doors, the 25-year-old Rahul will need to step up soon if he wants to secure a place in the side come the 2019 ICC World Cup.
Shikhar Dhawan’s absence for Sunday’s game means the right-handed batsman could even take up the opener’s slot where he has flourished in the Test set-up.
For now, Rahul still has it all to prove as he seeks to transfer his Test form to white-ball cricket.
India limited-overs opener Shikhar Dhawan is set to miss the final ODI and lone T20 clash between India and Sri Lanka as he will return home to be with his ailing mother.
The BCCI has said in a statement that the left-handed batsman will be returning home on Sunday and that no replacement would be named to take his spot.
Dhawan has had a great time in Sri Lanka in the Test and limited-overs clashes as India have won every single match on the tour so far.
He scored a smashing 132 in the first ODI at Dambulla to guide the visitors to a nine-wicket victory. The Delhi-born batsman has 190 runs so far in the series which makes him the third highest run-getter in the series.
Dhawan had been given a second-life in Test cricket after he was drafted into India’s squad for the Sri Lanka tour after an injury to regular opener Murali Vijay.
The left-handed star made the most of the fortuitous opportunity as he ended the three-match series as the highest run-scorer with 358 runs.
Dhawan scored a whirlwind 190 off just 235 deliveries in the first Test at Galle as India romped home to a 304-run victory.
The batsman scored another century in the final Test at Kandy where he hit 119 in the first innings as India swept the series 3-0 courtesy of an innings and 171-run victory.
Dhawan had joined his teammates in attending a lavish dinner hosted by Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga on Friday which was also attended by the host team.
Sri Lanka will look to avoid a 5-0 whitewash when they take on India in the final ODI at the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo on Sunday. The two sides will then play out a lone T20 clash on Wednesday to complete India’s tour of the island nation.