MS Dhoni first wicketkeeper to take 50 catches in T20Is

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NEW DELHI, July 9: A day after celebrating his 37th birthday, former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has added another milestone to his glittering career on Sunday.
Dhoni has now become the first wicketkeeper to take 50 catches in Twenty20 internationals. He achieved the landmark during the third and final T20I against England in Bristol by taking Jason Roy off debutant Deepak Chahar. After being put into bat, England got off to a flier with Roy smashing his way to 67 off just 31 balls studded with four fours and seven sixes.
Dhoni’s did not stop there and went on to grab four more catches that also made him the first wicketkeeper to take five catches in a single match of the shortest format. Dhoni leads the chart with 87 dismissals (54 catches and 33 stumpings) in 93 matches. He is followed by Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal 60 dismissals (28 catches and 32 stumpings) and Afghanistan Mohammad Shahzad 54 dismissals (26 catches and 28 stumpings) In terms of catches, West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin takes the second spot with 34 dismissals while South Africa’s Quinton de Kock features third in the list with 30 catches.
Dhoni is not just an outstanding cricketer but a great leader too. His presence on the field inspires the rest of the team, including the skipper.
A couple of days ago, Dhoni became the third Indian player to play 500 international matches after Sachin Tendulkar (664) and Rahul Dravid (509). (ToI)