Indian skipper and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni Saturday set a record for the most number of stumpings in international cricket on day two of the third Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cericket Ground (MCG) here. He overtook Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara when he stumped Mitchell Johnson off the bowling of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, reaching 134 dismissals.
He reached the landmark in his 460th innings while Sangakkara has 133 stumpings from 485 innings. Sri Lanka’s other keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana is third on the list with 101 stumpings from 270 innings. Dhoni made his international debut in 2004 and has remained the team’s first choice wicketkeeper since then.
However, the milestone may have brought little joy for the Indian skipper as once again the Australian tail came big and negated any impact the bowlers had created on Day 1. Australia finished their innings on 530 all-out.
India started off well losing just a single wicket in their score of 108 — that of Shikhar Dhawan. Murali Vijay, once again was steady at the crease and scored a fluent 55. Cheteshwar Pujara who joined Vijay after the dismissal of Dhawan scored a very shaky 25. He was even dropped by Brad Haddin off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood.
Despite the good start, India still has a lot of work to do as they’ll look to overhaul the mammoth 422 lead, Australia still hold. The home side will hope to bowl better tomorrow to consolidate a strong position.