Sore hands behind Dhoni's wicket-keeping woes?

Published: Monday, August 29, 2011, 10:02 [IST]
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Sore hands affecting Dhoni's keeping

Bangalore, Aug 29: In the ongoing tour of England, Indian skipper M S Dhoni has been far from his best as a wicket-keeper and batsman. And it seems like former England wicket-keeper Paul Nixon, has found the reason for Dhoni's poor performance in the ongoing tour.

Nixon, who has spent more than two decades in the county circuit and has also played for England, believes that the Indian captain has "sore hands" which could be affecting his wicketkeeping on the ongoing England tour.

He was quoted as saying, "I have been watching and studying the way he is keeping. From what I have seen I think he has sore hands," and added, "He normally catches the ball strong and aggressively. I have seen him keeping the ball in an exaggerated manner. You do that as a keeper when your hands are sore."

It can be recalled that during his first trip to England in 2007, Dhoni sought help from the likes of Nixon to learn the tricks for wicket-keeping in England. Recalling that occasion, Nixon said, "We looked at certain body positions and did a few drills."

Sympathising with the Indian skipper, the former England Wicket-Keeper said, "England is one of the toughest places in the world to keep because of the conditions and pitches mainly. The touring is relentless, and as a captain you have other things to do rather than go on a little bit of practice after the odd game."

Offering a solution to Dhoni's woes, Nixon said, "That is when you need good guys around you to say, 'come on, let's go and do a bit of (keeping).' Because most times you sacrifice yourself and say, 'I will be alright,' and that is the type of character Dhoni is. He is a giver and a magnificent character."

Expressing his eagerness to help Dhoni, Nixon said that if they meet during Leicestershire's match against India on Aug 29, then he would be more than happy to have a few words with the Indian skipper.

He said, "He is a strong character, has got a lot of pride. I am intrigued to talk to him tomorrow."

OneIndia Cricket

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