The opening match of ICC World Cup 2019 between India & South Africa in actuality belong to Rohit Sharma and India’s bowlers yet former Indian captain MS Dhoni too left his blemish on the match. Dhoni turned into the principal wicket-keeper ever to keep wickets in 600 international innings on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma got the Man of the Match grant for his unbeaten 122, Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada got the best quick bowlers moving around tag however it was MS Dhoni who left with the world records during India’s ICC World Cup 2019 opening match against South Africa on Wednesday at Southampton.
Rohit scored an unbeaten 122* to lead India to a six wicket win after Jaspreet Bumrah’s (2/35) and Yuzvendra Chahal’s (4/51) splendor with the ball confined South Africa to 227 for 8.
Here’s the rundown of wicket-keepers with most innings behind the stumps:
1. MS Dhoni – 600*
2. M Boucher – 596
3. K Sangakkara – 499
4. A Gilchrist – 485
Here are few moments of the India vs South Africa ICC World Cup 2019 Match:
The 37-year-old Dhoni additionally incurred a stumping during South Africa’s innings to send back Andile Phehlukwayo in Yuzvendra Chahal’s over to enlist another world record. Dhoni, presently has 139 list A stumpings in his possession equalling the record of Pakistan’s Moin Khan.
The stumping additionally helped Dhoni go past New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum in many rejections incurred in World Cups. Dhoni, presently has 33 World Cup dismissals to his name.
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Dhoni likewise scored a significant 34 runs, coming in to bat at No. 5 and build a 74-run partnership with Man of the Match Rohit Sharma before getting out to Chris Morris in the last stages of the match.
Chasing an unobtrusive 228, India traveled to victory on the back of Rohit’s 122 not out as they won with 15 balls to extra and satisfy their tag as one of the top picks for the showpiece occasion.
Kohli appraised Rohit’s unbeaten hundred against South Africa as ‘by far his best’.
“A lot of times batsmen tend to hit their way out of the situation. But he was very composed, he was very — he’s played so many games, we expect a lot of maturity and a lot of responsibility from someone like him. But, in my opinion, of all the brilliant innings I have seen him play, I think this, for me, was the top of the pile because of the way he compiled his innings and at no stage did we feel like, or he felt like he is going to throw it away,” said Kohli.
“I think controlling the game so beautifully from one end and allowing the others to display themselves and string in small little partnerships, looking at the fact that they were only chasing 228, he played the perfect innings for that kind of a situation on that kind of a wicket against a bowling attack that was threatening to pick up wickets at any stage. So, yeah, in my opinion, by far his best knock,” skipper added.