GIF: MS Dhoni Joins AB De Villiers as 2 Wicketkeepers Bowl in Same Test

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterDecember 21, 2013

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 19: MS Dhoni of India walks off for 19 runs during day 2 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and India at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on December 19, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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History was made on Day 4 of the first Test between South Africa and India in Johannesburg, as MS Dhoni took off his wicket-keeping pads and bowled late in the afternoon.

Remarkably, just 24 hours earlier, AB de Villiers had done precisely the same thing for his country, meaning both keepers had bowled in a Test for the first time in the long history of the game:

First time in Test history both wicket-keepers have bowled. #IndvsSA

—Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 21, 2013

De Villiers' bowling was underwhelming: He hurled down the wide you see below, which reflected South Africa's struggles with an injury to seamer Morne Morkel.


Dhoni, by contrast, appeared to still have options but gave himself two of the last overs of the day.

His bowling was nothing spectacular—although it was certainly better than de Villiers'—but his decision to keep at the other end without pads just added to the strangeness of it all.


All the while, a thrilling Test goes into a fifth day with all three results still conceivable.