MS Dhoni and Kevin Pietersen both played for RPS in previous edition for IPL    AFP
MS Dhoni and Kevin Pietersen both played for RPS in previous edition for IPL AFP

MS Dhoni, who is playing his first-ever match as a non-captain in the 10th edition of Indian Premier League, once again creates stir in social media with a witty remark while keeping wickets during his side Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) first match in the tournament. The match is played against Mumbai Indians at Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune. Dhoni’s RPS teammate in the last edition of the T20 league, Kevin Pietersen was expected to be a part of the team but decided to do the commentary job instead of playing.

Pietersen, who was in the commentary box during the start of the match, was having conversation with Manoj Tiwary. The RPS player was on the mic and standing beside Dhoni at slip. In order to make the conversation interesting, Pietersen told Tiwary that he is a better golfer than Dhoni. Tiwary immediately conveyed it to Dhoni and guess what, the RPS wicketkeeper did what he is famous for. Dhoni responded Tiwary by saying, “He’s still my first Test wicket,” and a round of laughter in the commentary box ensued.

However, Dhoni does not have a Test wicket. However, during the 1st Test of Pataudi Trophy at Lord’s back in 2011, Dhoni took his gloves off to bowl 8 overs (Rahul Dravid kept wickets) in the first innings of the match after Zaheer Khan had hobbled out with an injury. Dhoni came to bowl after claiming the second new ball was claimed. and was bowling against Pietersen. Dhoni hit Pietersen on the pad first ball. There was a massive appeal, but Billy Bowden turned it down. Replays suggested that the ball had hit him outside off.

He had another appeal off the third ball of his second over, this time for a caught-behind. They all went up in unison again. Dhoni even reviewed when being turned it down for a second time. Pietersen survived again, since replays had suggested that the ball had merely brushed Pietersen’s pad.

Dhoni’s only international wicket came in an ODI, in the 2009 Champions Trophy, when he came on second-change and bowled Travis Dowlin.