London, July 23: He is perhaps the most celebrated wicket-keeper-captain the cricketing world has known. His position behind the stumps has proved crucial to his team's successes. But this astute skipper decided to don another cap on Friday, returning to his little-known avatar as bowler! Indeed M S Dhoni wanted to try his hand at the other end of the 22-yards.
Before this Test, he had bowled all of 18 balls over 3 innings. But alas, he has never tasted the sweet success of snaring a wicket, sending his average into infinity. However, desperate situations call for unusual strategies and Dhoni raised eyebrows all around the ground when he handed his sweater to the umpire and marked his run-up.
Meanwhile, it was deja vu for Rahul Dravid who wore his captain's gloves and descended on his haunches behind the wickets. Right from the first ball, Dhoni's brand of medium pace unfolded with comfortable fluidity. He even got the ball to seam into the right-handed Kevin Pietersen. And in his second over, the whole of Team India thought the man had secured his first scalp as a bowler.
But the would-be dismissed batsman Pietersen immediately called for a review and surely enough, the Hotspot feature helped ascertain that the ball had in fact, not nicked his bat on the way to Dravid. Dhoni who momentarily thought he had dealt England a big blow, was deprived of what would have been an important wicket. But he continued to toil alongside his attack unit, till he eventually returned to his usual station. Oh well, next time...