Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the best batsman Indian cricket has ever seen. He may no more be the great “hitter” or finisher that he was around five years back, but his great ability to rotate strikes have always managed to keep his strike rate well above 100 in limited overs’ cricket, even to date.
Even when Dhoni used to be a big hitter, smashing every other balls outside the boundary, his penchant for scoring extra runs between the wickets was always a visual treat. On multiple occasions, it was this tendency to score those extra runs which won the the game for India. Even at 36, the former Indian skipper’s fitness and ability to run between the wickets has not fazed down a bit!
While we have often been amazed by the Indian skippers running abilities, Indian team’s official cricket broadcaster Star Sports have actually come up with an answer regarding his actual speed of running between the wickets by analyzing a video taken during the recently concluded T20 International between India and Australia.
In that video, Dhoni is seen quickly setting for a double off a Jason Behrendorff ball. The Ranchi lad makes a great turn at the non-striker’s end before clocking a top speed of 31 kmph towards the end of his second run. Opposite him was Jadhav, who though much younger than him, is able to post a speed of only 25 kmph.
And just to put everything in a better perspective, the celebrated Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt clocked a top speed of 44.72 kmph during his record-breaking 100 m run in Berlin in 2009.
Meanwhile, Dhoni has also been able to pull off the much hyped yo-yo fitness test that celebrated cricketers like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina have failed.