ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja struck in the 1st over of the tournament thereby entering record books for the most successful bowler-wicketkeeper combination along with MS Dhoni.
Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni have together effected 29 dismissals in ODIs (Reuters)
- Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni have effected 29 dismissals in ODI cricket together
- They have broken a long-standing Indian record held by Nayan Mongia and Venkatesh Prasad
- Jadeja struck in the first over of his World Cup 2019 campaign
MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja became the most successful wicketkeeper-bowler combination for India in ODIs when the left-arm spinner picked up a wicket in his first over of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Saturday at Headingley in Leeds.
Jadeja was finally given game time as the left-arm spinner replaced Mohammed Shami who was rested for India’s final group-stage match against Sri Lanka at Leeds. Jadeja struck in his first over, removing Kusal Mendis of Sri Lanka.
MS Dhoni’s lightning quick reflexes came into play as the veteran wicketkeeper stumped Kusal Mendis out for 3. Jadeja got one to turn and the Sri Lanka batsman was beaten for spin when he tried to dance down the wicket and smash one into the stands at Headingley.
Dhoni and Jadeja now have effected 29 dismissals in ODI cricket for India. They went past Nayan Mongia and Venkatesh Prasad’s tally of 28 wickets which was an Indian record until Saturday. Out of the 29 dismissals, 19 have been stumpings and 10 have been caught behind for Dhoni and Jadeja.
Second, on the list are MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh as the duo had effected 25 dismissals in ODI cricket for India.
Nonetheless, the pair of Jadeja and Dhoni are well behind world-record holders Makhaya Ntini and Mark Boucher who had effected 75 dismissals together between 1998 and 2008 for South Africa.
Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja seems to have silenced his critics (read: Sanjay Manjrekar) with a fine bowling performance against Sri Lanka in the penultimate group-stage of World Cup 2019.
Manjerkar had faced a lot of flak after calling Jadeja “a bits and pieces cricketer” in ODI cricket. In fact, Jadeja took to Twitter to come up with a strongly-worded reply.
Ironically, Manjrekar was on air for Star Sports when Jadeja picked up the wicket on Saturday. The former cricketer-turned commentator heaped praise on Jadeja, calling him a “street-smart cricketer”.
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