Blink and a miss! This is what stumping is all about in cricket. In cricket, batsman is praised when he score tons of runs, the bowler also receives compliments when he bags wickets. But did you ever think about the wicket keeper? While the batsman has to be focussed to hit the ball, the keeper has to be even more focussed to catch the ball and make the move before the batsman.
It is is indeed a challenging task that requires maximum attentiveness and focus while on the field in order to extract a wicket. Stumping is a job that needs one to be talented, sharp and flexible at all times. It, thus, makes wicket keepers one of the most alert players on the cricket ground.
Here we take a look at Top 9 fastest stumpings moments in history.
9MS Dhoni stumps Keemo Paul
Remember MS Dhoni is 37 yet, his leadership qualities and lighting-quick wicketkeeping remain complete. In the fourth ODI against the Windies in Mumbai last year, the former skipper effected a stumping to dismiss West Indies player Keemo Paul in only 0.08 seconds. Read it again, 0.08 seconds. The world record for fastest stumping!
8No hands stumping by Ben Cox
— Hit wicket (@sukhiaatma69) August 10, 2018
This incident took place between Derbyshire and Worcestershire. Calum MacLeod was out stumped by Ben Cox in a funny way. Ed Barnard bowled the delivery which pitched half-way and squared into the batsman. MacLeod tried to dab it to the third man but the ball hit Cox’s pad who was standing and hit the stumps in the rebound. At the same time, the batsman was off for a single and was out of his crease. He was adjudged stumped off a fast bowler.
7Mark Boucher brilliance against Atapattu
This incident took place in the year 2006. Mark Boucher was South Africa’s legend, these words hold true with this incident. He ran out Sri Lankan batsman Marvan Atapattu with a flick of the ball, despite appealing for caught-behind at the same time.
While Boucher was appealing, Atapattu didn’t realize where the ball was and unknowingly stepped out of the batting crease. Watching Atapattu out of crease, Boucher shown presence of mind and flicked the ball onto the stumps while he was still appealing.
6 Blink and Marsh is out, courtesy: MS Dhoni
India travelled to Australia in 2012. This incident took place in Melbourne against Mitchell Marsh in a T20 game. Rahul Sharma bowled a leg-break delivery, which beat the batsman, as he went for the biggie. But he didn’t thought that if he misses, he needs to walk off. Marsh pulled his foot outside the crease and little space was enough for Dhoni to bang! Dhoni thrashed the bails off in a flash!
5Ponting stumped in World Cup
The incident came at the World Cup 2011 in Nagpur. Australia needed just 207 runs to win from 50 overs. Though Aussies won the match, but the stumping incident will be remembered by skipper Ricky Ponting. Brilliant is the word to describe this! Kiwi pacer Tim Southee bowled a wide down the leg side and McCullum in went smooth to the ball and whipped the bails off in a flash. The take itself was a great one and stumping was cherry on the cake for cricket lovers.
4Kumar Sangakkara vs Jimmy Maher in 2003
This is the instance of dazzling display of dexterity and alertness. Go back 16 years. A big off-break from Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan ensured that Aussies Jimmy Maher was surely beaten. Maher stepped out of the crease. But, this is when the brilliance of Sangakkara comes in. He put in a big dive to gather the ball one handed, lifted the ball to his other hand and threw down the stumps, all in one motion.
3Batsman stumped despite standing inside the crease
This may not be the lightning fast stumping in the cricket but it is one of the awkward dismissals in field of cricket. This incident took place at 2008 U19 World Cup Kuala Lumpur between India and South Africa. The incident happened in the last ball of the 35th over of the first innings. Saurabh Tiwary was batting and due to pain in the leg, he took Tanmay Srivastava as his runner.
Proteas bowler Yaseen Vallie bowled to Tiwary an outside off delivery. Tiwary missed it and wicket-keeper Bradley Barnes whipped off the bails. South African players made a strong appeal for which leg umpire referred to the third umpire. In the replay, it was clearly shown that Tiwary was in the crease comfortably but his runner Srivastava was outside the crease.
2Sangakkara vs Lara in World Cup 2007
This one is similar to that of MSDhoni’s stumping against Mitchell Marsh. Arguably Kumar Sangakkara is one of the greatest wicket-keeper in the world and here is the perfect instance to justify it. The event happened in the year 2007 in a match against Sri Lanka and West Indies. As Brian Lara went for off-drive against Chaminda Vaas, unfortunate he was beaten and dragged his foot out for a mini second. That mini second was enough for Sangakkara as he took the ball and stumped Lara, catching his foot in the air.
1When Dinesh Karthik stumped Michael Vaughan
We hardly see Dinesh Karthik wicket-keeping in ODI for India. But this man is on the list and the reason for this is special too. This was a debut for Dinesh Karthik at Lord’s against England. It was the best time for him to show off his skill. Dinesh Karthik showed his potential. Harbhajan Singh bowled the delivery outside the leg stump, Michael Vaughan stepped towards his left but missed the ball to hit. Karthik moved swiftly to gather the ball. Call him a SuperMan or any super hero, from eight feet down the leg side, Karthik put in a massive dive to break the stumps and found Vaughan short of the crease.