Defying his age, 37-year-old cricketers, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, pulled off a 2.14 metres stretch to make ground and avoid being stumped during the second Twenty20 International (T20I) against Australia in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Dhoni displayed his acrobatic move during the 11th over of the match after stepping out to Adam Zampa, who threw the ball wide. But the veteran was quick to react and made his ground before Australian wicket-keeper Peter Handscomb could dislodge the bails. However, the umpire went upstairs to check and ruled the decision in favour of the former Indian skipper. This saw BCCI tweet: “How’s that for a stretch from @msdhoni”
Dhoni scored a quick-fire 40 off 23 balls during the match. His knock was laced with three boundaries and identical number of sixes. He was also involved in a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket with Virat Kohli to take the hosts to a competitive total of 190/4.
However, India lost the match by 7 wickets and the T20I series 0-2 against Australia.
Speaking after the loss, Kohli said: “It was a pretty short series to summarise the performances. Australia outplayed us in all departments and deserved to win. 190 is a good total on most grounds but if there is so much dew as there was tonight and when you have an innings like what Glenn Maxwell played, nothing much you can do.”
The right-handed Dhoni has represented India in 98 T20Is. He has the highest score of 56 in the shortest format and scored 1,617 runs at an average of 37.60.
India will next host Australia in five-match One-Day International (ODI) series,starting on March 2 in Hyderabad.