New Delhi: The second session of play on Day 2 in the opening Test between England and India was started by MS Dhoni, with the ball.
While it seemed like a move to keep the regular bowlers in reserve till the new ball could be taken, Dhoni troubled Kevin Pietersen consistently in his first two overs from the Pavillion end. The drama unfolded with the first ball as Pietersen looked to have edged back to Dravid who had taken over the mantle of wicket-keeping.
Harbhajan Singh bowled from the other end but it was Dhoni who returned for his second over to successfully appeal for another caught behind but Pietersen challenged the decision and the eventual verdict went his way.
Dhoni though, kept the pressure up to begin the post-lunch session on an interesting note even as the web set itself abuzz with fans and critics using social networking platforms to hail the 'man who can do it all.'
"Wicket-keeper, skipper, batsman and now a bowler. When is he umpiring then?" was one of many comments that flooded Twitter within minutes of the first ball post lunch. Not just fans but even some former cricketers used the micro-blogging site to describe the Indian skipper. "MS Dhoni can now be classified as a genuine all rounder! Is there anything he can't do?" asked former England wicket-keeper Alec Stewart.
This though, is not the first time that Dhoni has opted to trade his wicket-keeping gloves for the ball. The 30-year-old has previously bowled three overs in the longest format of the game but success in terms of wickets has only come in the 50-over format. He removed Travis Dowlin of the West Indies with his medium-pace during the 2009 edition of the Champions Trophy.
Dhoni also has seven overs to his credit in the domestic circuit at an economy rate of just over 4, although wickets have eluded him here.