MS Dhoni is widely considered to be among the most accomplished wicketkeepers that Indian cricket has ever produced.
Fans and pundits alike praised his unconventional method of batting while he was working behind the wickets, and he was rewarded with a lot of success as a result. Dhoni has become a hero to many of the top cricketers playing today, including Jos Buttler.
But Rashid Latif, who played as a wicket-keeper for Pakistan in the past, has a unique viewpoint on this subject. He believed that MS Dhoni was not as secure behind the stumps as many believed him to be and he utilised statistics to back up his claim.
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What did Rashid Latif say about MS Dhoni?
The following is what Latif had to say when he was asked about Dhoni on the YouTube channel “Caught Behind”:
“Dhoni was a batsman-wicketkeeper. It should come as no surprise that Dhoni is a fairly famous name. If I go into the statistics, though, I find that his dropping rate is 21 per cent, which is big, gigantic.”
Latif also said that these statistics do not do justice to the hard work that keepers such as himself and others from his period accomplished because they were implemented very late in the game. He added:
“You are not permitted to utilise my record since this specific record did not exist before the years 2002 or 2003. By that point, we had already finished playing.”
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Latif also shared his thoughts on a few other wicketkeepers who were on the field for other teams around the same period that MS Dhoni was excelling for India. He mentioned notable figures such as Adam Gilchrist, Mark Boucher, and Tim Paine.
On the other hand, the former Pakistan cricketer believes that Quinton de Kock of South Africa has been the finest keeper during the last fifteen years. The workload that De Kock has had to handle as a result of the additional obligation of opening the batting order was the rationale he gave for this decision.