MS Dhoni becomes the 2nd most successful ODI captain after India’s win against New Zealand recently in the 1st ODI in India’s 900th ODI game. Dhoni surpassed Allan Border’s record of 107 ODI wins and is only behind to another Australian great Ricky Ponting. Let us know more about the man who has taken Indian cricket to a next level altogether.

  1. When MSD made his debut, companies didn’t give any sponsorship for his bat. Now his bat costs Rs 25 cr. This is the highest for any cricketer in the world till now.
  1. 11 batsmen in the history of ODI cricket have scored a century at no.7. Out of these 11, only MSD has scored a century twice at no.7
  1. MSD quietly took out a wicket after a drawn test match at MCG. After the match, he told BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel that he is retiring from the format. That day, he wore his test jersey and slept all night.

Quick Fact: Second fastest captain to score 6000+ ODI runs in 153 innings after Ponting’s record of 148 innings.

Indian captains vs Australia

Captains Matches Runs Average HS
MS Dhoni 40 1204 35.60 139*
M Azharuddin 21 557 29.31 93
S Ganguly 16 298 19.86 82
S Tendulkar 8 205 25.62 88

MSD is the only captain among few notable Indian skippers to score a century against Australia.

  1. MSD once affected a stumping of 0.09 sec. It takes 0.10 sec for an eye to blink! This shows how fast he is behind the wickets. He doesnot lack behind even running between the wickets and it was him who scaled up India’s standard of running some quicks between the wickets.

What does the current series hold for him?

He just requires 82 runs to become the fastest wicketkeeper batsman ever to score 9000 ODI runs and just 94 more runs away from becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper batsman ever to score 15000 international runs and 3rd in overall.

Quick Fact: Only player to score 500+ runs in Asia Cup with average and strike rate of above 90.

  1. India has managed to win all ICC tournaments and Asia cup under MSD’s captaincy. Also, managing to top the ICC Team Rankings table in all the formats.

Quick Fact: He became the no.1 ODI batsman just after 42 innings from his debut which is still a record!

Memorable Sixes of Dhoni

This man is well known for the sheer power that he has. He can single-handedly win you the matches on any given day just with his power hitting. Let us recall some of those sixes that left an impression in international cricket:

  • The best six from Dhoni’s bat has to be the won which led India win the World Cup 2011. The stylish six came in the final against Sri Lanka at Mumbai. Dhoni finished things off in style!
  • Next favourite six which very few would have noticed was the famous hit which Dhoni didn’t even looked to bother. An over pitched delivery from Elliot was smashed a long way at Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • When talking about his sixes, how can a helicopter shot gets missed? It was the famous last match of the India vs Australia ODI series in 2013 where Rohit got his maiden double hundred in ODIs. Along with Rohit, MS Dhoni also showed some magical shots from which one got to the roof of the stadium crossing a large distance of 110 metres. This was the mightiest helicopter shot from Dhoni.
  • Again it was India vs Australia, but this time in Adelaide Oval (Commonwealth Bank Series). India required 12 from 4 when Dhoni smacked a straight for 112 metres which shook McKay completely. This hit made the win easy for India.

MS Dhoni’s career defining moments

Well, arguably the highest impact player in Indian cricket for over a decade now has helped India to achieve higher levels and scale to the peaks in international cricket, especially in the shorter formats.

  • Dhoni’s fast and furious running between the wickets lifted the Indian standard of running which the players like Kohli are following on.
  • India has never produced such a combination which tick marks all the boxes of wicketkeeping, captaincy and best finisher. Performing continuously for over 10 years is no joke along with leading a team which has always remained at the top positions.
  • Dhoni’s ability to take risks and play gamble in tough situations makes him apart from rest of the great leaders and cricketing legends. Who would have thought about the last over from Joginder in T20 WC 2007 final or MS himself stepping up at no.4 in the ICC CWC final in 2011.

cover image: Twitter / MS Dhoni

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