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Watch: Yastika Bhatia mimics MS Dhoni’s wicket-keeping style

By BetBarter Staff

July 5, 2022

Former Indian captain MS Dhoni was one of the best players behind the stumps in his playing days. He was well-known for handing out some of the most famous dismissals from behind the stumps. His improvisation and speed with the gloves were always at the top. Dhoni’s no-look throws often surprised opposing batters. He has set such an example for the next generation that many players attempt to emulate him.

With her quick-witted thinking and lightning-fast glove performance, Indian Women’s Cricket Team wicketkeeper Yastika Bhatia reminded fans of MS Dhoni when Harmanpreet Kaur‘s side thrashed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets on Monday.

Bhatia’s innovative method of dismissing Anushka Sanjeewani on Monday reminded everyone of Dhoni. The incident occurred during Sri Lanka’s 23rd over. Anushka strolled back to her crease after defending a ball off Deepti Sharma, but she was outwitted by Bhatia. The Indian wicketkeeper removed her glove before picking up the ball and sliding it towards the stumps.

Anushka had no idea she was caught short of her crease as the ball was thrown towards the stumps. After a third-umpire review, the Sri Lankan batter was found to be just out of her crease and forced to walk back to the dugout, courtesy to Yastika Bhatia’s quick thinking.

Here is the video

As for the match, in the first innings, the hosts had scored 173 runs. Ama Kanchana, with her score of 47 runs in 83 deliveries, was the highest run-scorer of the innings. For India, Renuka Singh took a four-wicket haul, while Meghna Singh and Meghna Singh took two wickets each.

In response, India’s openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana chased down the needed score to secure the victory.  Smriti Mandhana’s brilliant 94 off 83 balls and Shafali Verma’s run-a-ball 71 helped India take a 2-0 lead in the ODI series.

With this win, India also claimed the three-match ODI series. Pallekele International Cricket Stadium will host the next match of the series. Earlier, India had also defeated Sri Lanka in the three-match T20I series by a margin of 2-1.