Matthew Wade jokes with Shikhar Dhawan: The Australian stand-in captain considered himself not as good as the former Indian captain.
During the second T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Sydney, Australia stand-in captain Matthew Wade accepted himself being not as good as former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni while joking with India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan.
It all happened in the ninth over when Australia spinner Adam Zampa beat Dhawan with a quick googly which ended up becoming a wide delivery. Just as Dhawan missed the cut shot, his back foot went slightly in the air to give Wade a chance to stump the batsman.
While Wade did his best, it wasn’t good enough as Dhawan’s foot had touched the ground by the time the bails were dislodged. After the third umpire ruled the decision in Dhawan’s favour, Wade brought out a comparison with Dhoni which received a hilarious approval from Dhawan.
“Not [MS] Dhoni. Not quick enough like Dhoni,” Wade was heard as saying on the stump mic.
After India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to field, Wade led from the front as his second T20I half-century powered Australia to 194/5 in 20 overs. Opening the batting alongside D’Arcy Short (9), Wade scored a hard-hitting 58 (32) with the help of 10 fours and a six.
With bowling figures of 4-0-20-2, India pacer T. Natarajan was the pick of their bowlers with his victims including Short and all-rounder Moises Henriques (26).
Matthew Wade jokes with Shikhar Dhawan
“Not Dhoni, not quick enough like Dhoni!” 😂
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 6, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
‘Not quick enough, I’m not Dhoni’
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 6, 2020
Mahender Singh Wade (almost!) #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 6, 2020
Matthew Wade 🗣️ “Not Dhoni, not quick enough like Dhoni!” 😂pic.twitter.com/nanYRqFRVl
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 6, 2020
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