MS Dhoni has a different style of wicket-keeping and his unorthodox style has been appreciated all around the world. Mainly because it has paid off for the the former India captain, who developed his own technique to be effective behind the stumps.
India's fielding coach R Sridhar also feels that Dhoni's style of wicketkeeping has never been purely classical but it has worked wonderfully well for him.
"Dhoni has got his own style, which is so successful for him. I think we can do a research into his style of wicketkeeping and I would like to call it 'The Mahi Way'. There are so many things to learn from that and so many things that other young keepers may not even be able to contemplate. He is unique in his own way and that is exactly how cricketers should be unique in their own way," the fielding coach said.
Dhoni has been lighting fast behind the wickets and recently reached the 400 dismissals mark in ODIs and also became first Indian wicket-keeper to do so.
"He has got great hands. He has definitely the best glovesman as far as keeping for spinners goes. His hands work at the speed of lightning, for stumpings we all know that.That is something which is very innate to him and great to watch. At the same time, for somebody who doesn't have that skill, it's a big challenge to get there," Sridhar stated.
Before India and South Africa will clash in the fifth ODI, Sridhar talked about India's problem in the lower order. Since Dhoni has relinquished the finisher's role, India have struggled to find a proper replacement for him.
"We want more finishers, we want to train and groom more finishers. At the same time, we also want our nos. 5,6 and 7 to be able to go in, learn the situation and adapt to it. That is why you see the rotation, but very soon I think we will be settling into a fixed 5,6 & 7 as we get closer to the World Cup," Sridhar said.