Top 10 Fastest Stumping In Cricket History

Top 10 Fastest Stumping In Cricket History

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In the game's shorter formats, such as ODIs or T20s, stumping is an important kind of dismissal. To touch the bails in a fraction of a second, a wicketkeeper needs a lot of agility and concentration. Nevertheless, there have been numerous wicketkeepers who have perfected the crucial art of stumping in the past. Everyone has a natural knack for it, be it Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakara, Brendon Mcculum or our own MS Dhoni. Dhoni, the former Indian captain, is one of the few wicketkeepers who has reinvented the modern phenomena of wicket-keeping.

Dhoni is noted for his sharpness and spontaneity standing right behind the wicket. He holds the world record for the fastest stumping in cricket and the most stumpings in international ODI cricket history. Apart from this achievement, Dhoni also has multiple other glorious feathers in his 15 years of cricketing career. However, this article will look at the top fastest stumping in cricketing history.

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Top fastest stumping in cricket history

1. MS Dhoni against Keemo Paul

Even though MS Dhoni is 37 years old, his leadership skills and lightning-quick wicket-keeping made him the fastest wicketkeeper in the world. 2018, in the fourth One-Day International against the Windies in Mumbai, the former captain performed a stumping to dismiss batsman Keemo Paul of West Indies in just 0.08 seconds. Dhoni's quickest stumping time is 0.08 seconds, which is also the world's fastest stumping time! His stumping is the fastest anyone has ever done. He has an extraordinary dismissal-per-innings rate of 1.286 in ODI cricket.

2. Ben Cox against Callum MacLeod

Ben Cox's unintentional dismissal of Callum MacLeod made him one of the top 5 fastest stumping in cricket. The first ball of the over was bowled by Ed Barnard, who pitched the ball halfway and angled it into the batter. MacLeod attempted a single by dabbing it to the third man. However, the ball struck Cox's pad and rebounded to the stumps making the incident one of the fastest stumpings in cricket history. The batsman was slightly out of his crease to run for a single. However, before he could realise it, he was already stumped co-incidentally.

3. MS Dhoni against Shaun Marsh

Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a key part in knocking out Australian batsman Shaun Marsh in the third ODI of India's tour of Australia in Melbourne in 2012. After a respite, Dhoni, who had previously dropped Marsh's catch on Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav's bowling, made amends as Marsh got dismissed.

Marsh's attempted to step out of the crease on a leg-side wide delivery but struggled to connect his bat with the ball. However, Dhoni retrieved the ball cleanly and dislodged the bails on the first delivery of the 24th over. This is also considered one of Dhoni's fastest stumping in his cricket career.

4. Mark Boucher against Marvan Atapattu

The cricketing world saw Mark Boucher's incredible foresight. He dismissed Marvan Atapattu with a sweep of the ball while arguing for caught behind the wicket on the same occasion in a 2016 match versus Sri Lanka.

While Boucher appealed, Atapattu lost track of the ball and unintentionally moved out of his crease. Boucher, taking the opportunity, side flicked the ball to stumps while still appealing after seeing Atapattu left his crease. Atapattu was well out of his safe area when the ball hit the wicket, unable to comprehend what happened in seconds.

Boucher's amazing foresight enabled South Africa to secure the critical wicket at a vital point in the game.

5. Brendon McCullum against Ricky Ponting

Southee had been causing Ponting some problems with his fast in-swingers in a very basic run chasing. However, with a goal of 207, Australia was off to a flying start, with a marvellous 100 run partnership between Shane Watson and Brad Haddin.

On the other hand, Ponting appeared to suffer against Southee and took a while to reach double figures. McCullum walked up to the stumps when he realised the batsman was positioned outside the crease, and here, Southee changed his bowling to around the wicket to deny Ponting any room.

The strategy worked unusually. Southee swung a leg-side wide. Ponting tried a flick but failed, causing his feet to move out of the crease. McCullum caught the ball neatly, but he also fantastically stumped the batsman to make his name among the fastest stumping in cricket.

6. Kumar Sangakkara against Maher

On the 15th of January, 2003, during a VB series between the Australians and the Islanders at the Gabba, Kumar Sangakkara performed an extraordinarily acrobatic stumping. Jimmy Maher, the Australian opener, attempted to move down the pitch against spin maestro Muttiah Muralitharan but was thwarted by a viciously turning ball, forcing Sanga to stretch to his extreme left to grab it, losing his balance in the process.

Sanga, who had managed to get hold of the ball before landing, flicked it with his right hand towards the wicket and found the bull's eye! The Sri Lankans were overjoyed when Maher was discovered considerably short of his ground. Sanga's reply reveals that even he was taken aback by his agility. However, this will be registered as one of the fastest stumpings in cricket.

7. Bradley Barnes against Saurabh Tiwary

It was one of cricket's most uncomfortable dismissals in history. India's U19 was playing against South Africa's U19 in 2018. The incident occurred on the final ball of the Indian innings' 35th over. Saurabh Tiwary was the batsman with a score of 20. Tiwary was using Tanmay Srivastava as his runner due to leg discomfort.

Yaseen Vallie, a South African spinner, bowled a low full toss just outside the off mark. Tiwary completely missed it, and after collecting the ball, the South African wicketkeeper Bradley Barnes flicked out the bails. The replay showed ‌Tiwary was securely in the crease while his runner, Srivastava, was well outside the crease.

8. Kumar Sangakkara against Brian Lara

This one is reminiscent of MS Dhoni's stumping of Mitchell Marsh. Kumar Sangakkara is arguably one of the best wicketkeepers globally, and this is the ideal example to back up that claim. The incident occurred during a match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in 2007. Brian Lara attempted an off-drive on Chaminda Vaas but was unsuccessful and dragged his foot up in the air in the follow-on. Sangakkara got the ball and stumped Lara within a blink of an eye in that split second, making this one of the fastest stumpings in cricket.

9. Dinesh Karthik against Michael Vaughan

This incident occurred during India's match against England at Lord's. England's skipper Vaughan looked strong on the field, and none of the Indian bowlers was able to disturb him. Instead, Vaughan's wicket was taken by 19-year-old Dinesh Kartik's spectacular stumping.

By moving out of the crease facing Harbhajan, Vaughan rushed to go inside the crease. However, the right-hander utterly misjudged the ball and was dismissed from behind by Karthik, giving India the most crucial wicket of the day. The Englishmen were bowled out for only 181 runs, giving India a stunning 23-run victory.

10. Adam Gilchrist against Craig McMillan

McGrath picked up a unique stumping to dismiss New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan for 37 off 31 balls in 2005, with Gilchrist standing right behind the wickets and plucking off the bails in a blink to set a record. McGrath was stumped for the first time in his career.

Usually, we see wicketkeepers standing far away behind the wicket when a pacer is bowling. However, Gilchrist dared to stand right behind the wicket on McGrath's bowling. McMillan stepped up the crease to tackle the ball but completely missed it. The ball went to Gilchrist, who stood for this opportunity and took no time flicking off the bails.

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