MS Dhoni pockets 200th catch in ODIs during third match versus Pakistan

MS Dhoni, playing his 214th match for India, caught Saeed Ajmal off the bowling of Shami Ahmed in the third ODI on Sunday © PTI (File pic)

New Delhi: Jan 6, 2013
 
Indian captain MS Dhoni reached a milestone of 200 catches as a wicket-keeper in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) during the third and the final match against Pakistan at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium on Sunday.
 
Dhoni, playing his 214th match for India, caught Saeed Ajmal off the bowling of Shami Ahmed in a tense situation in the 48th over of the thrilling match.
 
The Indian is now sixth in the list of wicket-keepers with most catches in the 50-over format, headed by former Australian keeper Adam Gilchrist with 417 catches in 287 matches.

Dhoni’s captaincy has come under the scanner in the recent times with the recent slump in international cricket. The Indian captain, however, found support from ICC cheif executive Dave Richardson.

Commenting on growing clamour for Dhoni’s ouster as a captain after series of dismal performances by the team at home and away post World Cup triumph in 2011, Richardson, who himself donned the responsibility of wicketkeeper-batsman for South Africa for 42 Tests and 122 ODIs, said, “If he is a good captain, which he is, then he should remain at the job.

“The only way you judge a keeper is by how much he misses and Dhoni doesn’t miss too much. In fact, I have always marvelled at his workload. The fact that he is batting at No 6, captaining the side and keeping wickets, I think he has exceptional talent. He also stays calm.

(With inputs from PTI)