Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) wicket-keeper Sheldon Jackson earned plaudits from cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar for his heroics in the opening game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 on Saturday.

During the clash against reigning champions Chennai Super Kings Jackson, showed the IPL world what they’ve got in him. The 35-year-old was lightning-fast behind the stumps when he stumped Robin Uthappa, giving KKR an important breakthrough. Uthappa was batting brilliantly, having scored 28 runs off 20 deliveries, before being dismissed.

It all happened in the seventh over of the first innings. The ball delivered by KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy spun from the middle-stump to far down the leg side. Uthappa, who was already committed for a flick, stepped out of his crease but failed to read the ball, while Jackson removed the bails in a flash to send the CSK batter
back to the dug out.

Here’s the video:


In the meantime, Tendulkar took to Twitter and lauded the KKR glovesman. In praise of the highest order, the batting legend claimed Jackson reminded him of veteran stumper MS Dhoni.

“That was an outstanding stumping. @ShelJackson27’s speed reminded me of @msdhoni. Lightning fast!!,” tweeted Tendulkar.

As far the result of the match is concerned, Shreyas Iyer’s KKR defeated the Ravindra Jadeja-led CSK in IPL 2022 season opener at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. After a quick fall of wickets, captain Shreyas and Sam Billings stood affront and ensured a win for the Knight Riders.

Ajinkya Rahane scored 44 runs while Umesh Yadav picked up two wickets as KKR registered a six-wicket victory over CSK with 9 balls to spare.

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