Mahendra Singh Dhoni has established himself as one of the best cricketers to have played the game. Apart from being widely popular for his batting prowess, Dhoni was regarded as one of the best glovesmen. The former Indian captain had a completely different style of keeping the wickets and was often praised for his lightning-fast hands behind the wicket.
Dhoni also had a great presence of mind when it came to affecting dismissals from behind the wicket. His no-look flicks onto the stumps after collecting a throw were one of his non-conventional ways of getting rid of a batter. Ever since Dhoni took the wicketkeeping gloves for India, he set a different set of rules that young wicketkeepers from the country try to follow.
Indian Women’s cricket team’s wicketkeeper Yastika Bhatia surely has learned a lot from the great cricketer as she did a Dhoni in her team’s game against Sri Lanka on Monday. Bhatia got rid of her Sri Lankan counterpart Anushka Sanjeewani with a brilliant throw during the 2nd ODI between the two teams.
After defending a ball from Deepti Sharma in the 23rd over of the Sri Lanka innings, Anushka was casually returning back to the crease. But little did she know the intentions of Yastika Bhatia. The Indian wicketkeeper took out her wicketkeeping glove, picked the ball, and then flicked it back on the stumps to catch Anushka short of her popping crease.
Watch the video here:
Brilliant glove work by Yastika Bhatia in the second ODI. pic.twitter.com/FKLoT23q63
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Mandhana-Shafali make it look like a cakewalk
Coming to the match, India won the second ODI quite convincingly as they chased down the target in 25.4 overs without losing a single wicket. Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma paired up to score 174 for the first wicket and eventually win the match for India. While Mandhana remained unbeaten on 94 (83), Verma scored 71* off 71 balls. With this win, India also took an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the 3-match ODI series.