Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s cricketing philosophy has by and large remained unorthodox and the biggest testimony to that is his ‘minimum practice and maximum result’ theory that has worked wonders during his decade long career as India international.
Believe it or not, the Indian captain has not performed the routine wicketkeeping drills at the nets for more than three years now and still maintains that high dismissal rate at the top level with a routine of 10 catches on match days.
Call it the ‘Mahi Way’ but that’s how it has been for the Jharkhand dasher over the years. Those who have watched the Indian team’s training session over the years during home and away tours will notice that Dhoni on training days would hardly be seen with his wicketkeeping gears on.
May be on odd occasions, he will wear the keeping gloves but very few could recollect having seen him wearing keeping pads on.
He does all the normal fielding drills, takes part in catching sessions, diligently bats at the nets and occasionally bowls his seam-up stuff also but no one has seen him perform wicketkeeping drills.
Cut to the days of Syed Kirmani and then to Kiran More, Nayan Mongia and in recent times, Wriddhiman Saha, all these players would religiously do their "routines" as far as the glovework is concerned.
But then Dhoni always loves to buck the trend. In fact, someone who has seen most of Dhoni’s training sessions over the years confirmed that the skipper indeed doesn’t do keeping drills.
"I can’t remember seeing Dhoni do wicketkeeping drills at the nets. If you ask me why, I won’t be able to answer you.
His wicketkeeping drill is to take 10 catches on match days to get a feel of the ball hitting the gloves. That has worked for him nicely in all these years," a member of Indian team’s support staff, who has closely seen Dhoni train, told PTI on condition of anonymity.