Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Legendry cricketer MS Dhoni had the knack of reading the mind of the batters from the opposition team while standing behind the stumps. Fans and experts were often stunned by the sixth sense of Captain Cool.

The current wicketkeeper of the Indian team- Dhruv Jurel showed Dhoni like alertness when he predicted a move of an England batsman to help the bowler grab his wicket.

Jurel and spinner Kuldeep Yadav combined to help India capture the second English wicket just before lunch on first day of the fifth and last Test in Dharamsala. In the last over before the lunch break, Kuldeep provided India with the second breakthrough in the second innings. 

Jurel had a major role to play in effecting that dismissal as he directed Kuldeep to bowl the wicket-taking delivery. It was the right-handed batter Ollie Pope who got out to the brilliance of Kuldeep and Jurel.

Pope had decided to attack Kuldeep as per England’s Bazball style. Earlier, Pope had stepped down to play a big shot against the spinner. However, after two dot balls, Jurel had predicted Pope’s next move. He had communicated in Hindi to Kuldeep that Pope was going to do something different as previous two deliveries were dot. 

Subsequently, Kuldeep listened to Jurel’s insight and applied his brains. He pitched the ball on middle and off and turn it away from Pope. The English batter thought that the ball would come in. It was a googly. Pope carried on with his shot and missed it completely. Jurel collected the ball with a sense of calmness and then dislodged the bails.

The video clip of the incident has gone viral over various social media platforms.

Notably, legendry cricketer Sunil Gavaskar had earlier termed Jurel as ‘the next MS Dhoni in making’.