Motorsport drivers are well known for their almost superhuman reflexes, which is a necessity when you’re on a racetrack competing against each other on very high speeds. However, for Ramji Srinivasan, the former Team India trainer who has also worked with Chennai Super Kings names the only cricketer who bears reflexes similar to racing drivers- the one and only Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Apart from his destructive prowess with the bat, MS Dhoni has shown multiple examples of spectacular reflexes behind the stumps. The former Men in Blue captain holds the world record for the most number of stumpings in ODI cricket- 123. The CSK skipper has also made 39 stumpings across all IPL seasons.
His reflex is top quality: Srinivasan lauds MS Dhoni for his stellar wicketkeeping
Having good reflexes are vital in almost every sport, and in cricket, the man behind the stumps needs to have it on peak levels. Speaking about Chennai’s face-off against Delhi Capitals last Friday, Srinivasan pointed out the wicket of DC opener Prithvi Shaw, who was stumped by Dhoni on Piyush Chawla’s delivery.
“Did you see him stumping Prithvi Shaw? That is what comes with reflex. He has a reflex of .32 seconds which is top quality,” Srinivasan spoke to ANI in a recent interview.
Check out the stumping below-
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Amazing Stumping by MS Dhoni, Prithvi Shaw is Out.
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A former state and national level sprinter and long jump champion, Srinivasan worked as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Indian team that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He is currently training Indian F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan.
“Some of the racing drivers around the world have the same timing if you calculate. The range for top athletes is .30 sec to .45 sec. The lesser the better. The elite racers will be below the .30 sec mark,” he added.
The founder and owner of Sports Dynamix sports performance centre in Chennai, Srinivasan further illustrated how Dhoni has always emphasised to make his reflexes better.
“You have exercises which help you improve your reflexes,” he went on, “Just like you work on your fitness, you can also work on your reflexes. There are specific exercises that help you do that and knowing MS, he will do that the moment he sees the need to improve further.”
“After all, cricket is more about reflex and hand-eye coordination than physicality. There are four modes- proactive, reactive, reflex, and multi-tasking and peripheral awareness,” Srinivasan added.
Dhoni will be back in action on 2nd October as CSK takes on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Dubai International Stadium.