Fastest Stumping in Cricket History: MS Dhoni holds the record

MS Dhoni holds the world record for the fastest stumping in the history of cricket. Back in 2018, Dhoni made a stumping in 0.08 seconds in the fourth ODI of the five-match series against West Indies at the Brabourne Stadium. Keemo Paul was the batter who got out to some sharp piece of work from Dhoni.

After opting to bat first, India scored 377 for the loss of five wickets in 50 overs. Rohit Sharma led the charge with a knock of 162 runs off 137 balls. Later Ambati Rayudu scored 100 off 81 balls, helping India inject momentum in their innings.

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Thereafter, India bowled their opponents out for 153 in 36.2 overs to win the match by 224 runs and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Dhoni, in the meantime, showed his class in the West Indies run-chase. Paul absolutely had no chance of grounding his feet or bat before Dhoni took off the bails in a clash.

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Dhoni affected the stumping when it was all over bar the shouting for the Caribbean team. In the 28th over of the run-chase, Ravindra Jadeja bowled one outside the off-stump, tempting the batter to play an ambitious shot through the off-side.

Paul went for a forward defense, but the ball spun past his bat as Paul was beaten all ends up. Dhoni collected the ball cleanly and dislodged the bails within a blink of an eye. Paul did not even wait for the third umpire’s decision as he was pretty aware of his fate.

Paul looked good during his brief stay in the middle after he scored 19 runs off 18 balls with one four and two sixes before Dhoni’s brilliance with the gloves accounted for his wicket.

MS Dhoni yet again

Back in 2012, Dhoni affected another stumping that left his fans in awe. Dhoni pulled off a stumping that recorded 0.09 seconds. In the second T20I of the two-match series, Dhoni showed his stupendous piece of glovework to get the better of Mitchell Marsh, who is genuine hitter of the cricket ball.

Mitchell Marsh had very little clue about what happened in the middle as Dhoni showed why he is deemed as one of the best in the business. In the third ball of the 18th over, leg-spinner Rahul Sharma bowled one outside the off-stump and Marsh went for an expansive drive through the cover region.

However, Marsh missed the ball altogether. He dragged his foot outside the crease for a split second and that was enough for Dhoni to dismiss him. Dhoni collected the ball so close to the stumps that he hardly had to move to take the bails off.

Marsh departed after scoring 13 runs off as many balls with the help of two fours. Marsh’s wicket turned out to be crucial in the context of the game as Australis scored only 12 runs off their remaining 15 balls, thereby finishing with a score of 131 in 19.4 overs.

The match went down the wire, but India won the match by eight wickets. Dhoni also impressed with the bat after he stayed not out on 21 runs off 18 balls with the help of two fours. Ravindra Jadeja became the Player of the Match for his figures of 3-0-16-1.

Ben Cox pulls off a blinder

Back in 2018, Ben Cox pulled off a brilliant stumping while playing for Worcestershire in their T20 Blast match against Derbyshire at the New Road in Worcester.

After batting first, Worcestershire scored 137 for the loss of eight fours. During Derbyshire’s run-chase, Cox affected a stumping to dismiss Calum McLeod, who has been a key part of the Scotland cricket team over the last 10 years or so.

Fat bowler Ed Bernard bowled one outside the off-stump and McLeod went for a lofted drive. But then, he missed the ball altogether. Ben Cox was quick to react and he took the bails off in a flash.

MacLeod scored one run off eight balls before falling prey to some brilliant piece of stumping from Cox. From there on, Derbyshire could never gain any momentum. They finished with 121 for seven and lost the match by 16 runs.

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Another blinder from MS Dhoni

In the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 against Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Dhoni showed his incredible potential with the wicketkeeping gloves.

After being put in to bat first, the Titans got off to a splendid start. Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill put on 67 runs for the opening wicket off seven overs. It needed something special to separate the duo and Dhoni produced that piece of brilliance.

Dhoni affected a stumping in only 0.1 seconds. In the last ball of seventh over in the Titans’ innings, Ravindra Jadeja bowled one outside the off stump and Gill ended up getting beaten. To make things worse, Gill dragged his feet outside and Dhoni took it as a chance to dislodge the bails.

Gill was looking dangerous and was threatening to take the match away from the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He scored 39 runs off 20 balls with seven fours and played at a strike-rate of 195.

The Titans went on to score 214 for the loss of four wickets. However, Jadeja’s heroics helped the Super Kings win the match by five wickets after chasing down 171 in 15 overs.

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Brendon McCullum shows his class

Brendon McCullum was an asset for New Zealand and whichever teams he played for. In the 2011 World Cup, he showed his brilliant piece of glovework in the match against Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.

He dismissed Ricky Ponting stumped off Tim Southee. Standing up to a pacer is not easy, but McCullum made it look easy with his clean glovework. Ponting scored only 12 runs off 28 balls before getting out. However, Australia went on to win the match by seven wickets after chasing down a target of 207. 


Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India