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MS Dhoni eyes a ‘special 50’ in Indore T20 against Sri Lanka

MS Dhoni is only three catches away from completing a half-century of catches in T20 Internationals.

cricket Updated: Dec 22, 2017 18:56 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma share a laugh with Kuldeep Yadav (centre) during the 3rd and final ODI cricket match in Visakhapatnam on December 17, 2017. MS Dhoni is only three catches away from becoming the first wicketkeeper to complete a half-century of catches in T20 Internationals.
MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma share a laugh with Kuldeep Yadav (centre) during the 3rd and final ODI cricket match in Visakhapatnam on December 17, 2017. MS Dhoni is only three catches away from becoming the first wicketkeeper to complete a half-century of catches in T20 Internationals.(PTI)

Former Indian captain MS Dhoni is not new to records. Dhoni, who is the only Indian captain to win two World Cup cricket titles (2007 T20 WC and 2011 ODI WC) under his regime, owns a number of achievements on the cricket field. (LIVE SCORECARD)

And now, the Indian wicketkeeper is set to achieve another rare feat. MS Dhoni is only three catches away from becoming the first wicketkeeper to complete a half-century of catches in T20 Internationals.

Dhoni has taken 47 catches from 84 T20 internationals so far and will have an opportunity to bring up this ‘special 50’ when he takes to the field against Sri Lanka in the second T20 of the ongoing three-match series in Indore on Friday.

MS Dhoni stumps out Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera during their first T20 international cricket match in Cuttack on Dec. 20, 2017. (AP)

The Ranchi star is already way ahead of other wicketkeepers in terms of number of catches taken in T20 internationals. He has taken 15 more catches than second-placed West Indian wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin on the list.

With a tally of 74 (47 catches and 27 stumpings), Dhoni is also the leading wicketkeeper in terms of overall dismissals behind the stumps in T20 internationals. Following him is Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who has effected 60 dismissals (28 catches, 32 stumpings) in 58 games.

Dhoni was in a terrific form in the first T20 as he bludgeoned a 22-ball 39 before returning to effect four dismissals behind the stumps to help India maul Sri Lanka by 93 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series.