Dhoni 'stumps' Kirmani record

Dhoni 'stumps' Kirmani record

Dhoni 'stumps' Kirmani record

When Dhoni stumped Kraigg Brathwaite off Pragyan Ojha,  on day one of the first Test match between India and West Indies at the Feroze Shah Kotla in Delhi, it was his 199th dismissal.

  As if to celebrate the feat, bowler R Ashwin then found the outside edge of Marlon Samuels’s bat to give Dhoni a 200th victim, making him the first Indian stumper to reach that milestone. Kirmani’s 198 dismissals came in 88 Tests while Dhoni is playing his 62nd Test. Unlike in the past which was dominated by the famous Indian spin quartet, fast bowlers  in the Dhoni era have created more chances for the wicketkeeper.

Kirmani gave Dhoni a huge pat for breaking into the 200-club by moving past his own mark. “Many congratulations to MS on what he has achieved. Re­co­rds are meant to be broken and this is a great feat. He has his own style with regard to wicketkeeping. You are judged by your results and he is producing the results. I wish him many more laurels in his career,” Kirmani said.

Dhoni is also the 13th in the overall list of wicketkeepers with most dismissals. South Africa's Mark Boucher heads the chart with 521 dismissals in 139 Tests, followed by Australian duo Adam Gilchrist (416 in 96 Tests) and Ian Healy (395 in 119 Tests).

It’s a tremendous achievement for someone who has been subjected to criticism from the start of his international career for his unorthodox methods behind the stumps. However, the Jharkhandi has showed immense presence of mind to take brickbats in his stride, and never let his workload, being the captain and a premier batsman of India, affect his performance behind the stumps.

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