MS Dhoni on Friday became the first Indian to 800-plus dismissals in International cricket during the Asia Cup final encounter against Bangladesh at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
It was Dhoni's lightning reflexes that stopped Liton Das on 121. Das faced just 117 balls as he raced to his maiden ODI century after registering his first one-day fifty. His 121 runs included 12 boundaries and two sixes and he was looking good to help Bangladesh post a healthy total.
When a lightning stumping by Dhoni off Kuldeep Yadav had Das on his way back in the 40th over. Das stood his ground thinking he had put his foot behind before Dhoni could take the bails off. But video replays confirmed that the veteran had done it again. Das walked back disappointed and that proved to be a game-changer.
Mashrafe Mortaza too fell prey Kuldeep, stumped by Dhoni again, which was the former India captain's 800th dismissal in international cricket.
Dhoni achieved the 800-landmark in the 43rd over.
MSD is also the first Asian wicket-keeper to register 800-plus dismissals and is now third in the list for most number of dismissals by wicket-keepers in ODIs, Tests & T20Is behind South Africa's Mark Boucher (998) and Australia's Adam Gilchrist (905).
Dhoni also stretched his stumping count to 184, the most in internationals.