MS Dhoni’s first stumping in the game of cricket

Back in 2004, as the turf war between India and Bangladesh capped off like any other with audacious cheers from the fans in the background, MS Dhoni started his career. The route map to his success was not that easy but the belligerent MSD made it look so. In his first match, he got out for a duck as he was run out in the very first ball.

But, that height of setback didn’t stop him from pulling off crafty masterpieces as a wicketkeeper-batsman as the latter himself had won one of our special pampering makeovers. Known for the knack of being incisive behind the stumps, MS Dhoni inflicted his first ever stumping against Bangladesh opening batsman Rajin Saleh during the third ODI match in Dhaka.

MS Dhoni’s first stumping in international cricket (Credits: Deccan Chronicle via AFP Photo)

India managed to post a staggering 348/5 in their quota of 50 overs with the help of all-round batting performances by the Indian batsmen. In pursuit of tracking down the target, Bangladesh lost its control over the passage of play as they fell prey to the Indian bowlers. However, Rajin Saleh’s impressive batting never really took the momentum off the chase until he was there at the crease.

Saleh absolutely creamed India’s all-round bowling attack as he chipped in with 82 runs scoring 8 fours and a six to his standards. A tactical bowling change from Sourav Ganguly saw him bringing the part-timer Sachin Tendulkar into the attack. Sachin who was not a regular bowler back then knew exactly how to weave a web at the set batsman at the crease.

Rajin Saleh attempted to play a shot stepping forward off Sachin’s bowling but little did he know that he was deceived by Sachin’s googly. As the ball jetted off behind, the ever so MS Dhoni had an easy bargain to whip the bails off for the very first time that marked the birth of his sheer exuberance.

Even Rajin Saleh came out in full praise of MS Dhoni when the latter bagged 100 dismissals in ODI cricket. The victimised Rajin Saleh who was the first to get trapped by MS Dhoni said that he was lucky enough to have been sent off by MS Dhoni.MS Dhoni struggled to put on a show in the initial stages scoring a paltry of runs to his name.

But, he got going well as the games progressed. Playing only in his 5th ODI, Dhoni’s career flourished like acrylic colours when he scored his first ever ODI century that came against Pakistan. MS Dhoni justified Sourav Ganguly’s decision to promote him at No.3 and it was quite clear that Ganguly’s gamble gave rise to a new star in the east.

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