Dec 21, 2013
When MS Dhoni took off the pads and decided to bowl during the dying stages of Day Four of the first Test against South Africa at Johannesburg, little did he know that he was a part of a bit of history. As AB de Villiers had rolled his arm over during the Indian innings, the Johannesburg Test is the first in history to witness wicketkeepers from both sides bowling in the same match.
De Villiers bowled the last over before tea on Day Three as India were taking control of the game. When he bowled, Hashim Amla donned the gloves for the time being. On the other hand, there were concerns over the fading light at the end of Day Four and it prompted Dhoni to take his pads off and bowl.
First time in Test history both wicket-keepers have bowled. #IndvsSA
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 21, 2013
Virat Kohli took over the wicket-keeping role as Dhoni bowled two overs at the end of the day’s play on Saturday. Murali Vijay too bowled one over of his gentle off-spinners as India took off their seamers to ensure getting in more overs.
Dhoni conceded four runs in his two overs. He did get some away swing. De Villiers had bowled just the one over on Day Three and conceded five runs. Dhoni also has another record to his name as he becomes the first wicketkeeper to bowl in six innings in Test history.
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