M.S. Dhoni has truly been a Messiah for Indian Cricket. He turned it on its head and brought professionalism, confidence and a winning thirst into the team.
His career has been so prolific and dramatic that Neeraj Pandey is making a biopic named “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” starring the very talented Sushant Singh Rajput. The movie is due to release this year or early next year.
On the occasion of his 34th birthday, we at TrendyFeeds would like to thank him for his contributions and wish him a very Happy Birthday!
Here is listing 10 times he has proved his worth:
He provided for the perfect wicketkeeper-Batsman:
During the early 2000s, Rahul Dravid was forced to keep wickets for India as there was no wicketkeeper who could double up as a Batsman. After a good India A series, Dhoni made his debut in the Bangladesh ODI tour in 2004. Though this series was average for him, he made a permanent position in the team by blasting 148 in 128 balls in Vishakapatnam in the Pakistan ODI series, the highest by any Indian wicketkeeper at that time.
He was just the player that the team needed at that time.
His Uninhibited Batting style saved India quite a few times:
For the first few years of his career, Dhoni’s crude uninhibited batting style saved India’s skin quite a few times when the technique and subtlety of the senior cricketers had failed.
The biggest example of this is his 183* in 145 balls against Srilanka, that he made in reply to Sangakkara’s century. He was promoted to number 3 after India lost Sachin early and he won us the match in flamboyant style. He saved the team again during the third ODI of the Pakistan series with his 72 of 46 balls that helped India not only win the match but, also the series.
He ploughed through after the disastrous ODI World Cup in 2007:
The sign of a good Sportsperson is that they never give up and rise up even after a failure. That’s exactly what MSD did back in 2007. India had crashed early out of the world Cup with an unexpected loss to Bangladesh. Dhoni was out for two ducks and made a mere 29 runs in the tournament.
His house in Ranchi was vandalised and his effigies burnt on the roads.
MSD picked himself up after that and went on to score 91* against Bangladesh and later, had an excellent Afro-Asia Cup where he was named Man of the Series.
He blew life back into Indian Cricket after the 2007 T20 World Cup Win:
ICC introduced T20 World Cup in 2007. At that time, Indian cricket was suffering from the early ODI World Cup exit as well as the fallout from the Greg Chappell controversy.
All the senior cricketers bowed out of the championship. MSD was named captain and he took a rag-tag team of youngsters and won the tournament.
His bold gambling style of Captainship succeeded. His gamble of giving Joginder Sharma the last over in the finals is still remembered. Indian cricketers once again became heroes.
He became Captain Cool and brought a sense of calm into the Dressing room:
Soon after the 2007 T20 World Cup win, he was named captain for the ODI side as well. Later, in 2008, Anil Kumble retired in the middle of the Border-Gavasker trophy passing the baton to Dhoni. He managed to win the series 2-0. He later took India to the Number 1 test spot in 2009. He also managed to win or draw quite a few away series.
His calm confidence transferred to the team. India no longer was a team that crumbled under pressure. It became a team that believed that they could win no matter what.
He proved to be an amazing ODI Batsman:
Dhoni won ICC ODI player of the year twice in 208 and 2009. He’s the second Indian Batsman after Sachin to score more than 1000 runs against Australia. Dhoni has been named a part of the World ICC ODI team eight times (2006, 2008-2014) and named captain five times. He averages at 52.24and a strike rate of 88.95, which is amazing.
He moulded his batting style to become a great finisher:
Soon after taking the Mantle of the captain, MSD started batting lower down the order. He curbed his natural flamboyant style and started acting as an anchor around who the other batsmen could bat freely.
He would try to bat till the end of the innings and finish the game for India. Dhoni likes to put the pressure back on the bowler and fielders.
So much so, that he is considered one of the best finishers of the game. He definitely is in the same league as Michael Bevan.
He won the ICC ODI World Cup:
All of us grew up hearing stories about India winning the ICC world Cup back in 1983. Every world Cup we would be glued to our TV sets hoping for a repeat victory. We had probably the best cricketer- Sachin Tedulkar, a great batting unit and a decent bowling attack yet, we never won. We came close but failed. Until, the MSD led team demolished every competitor and finally lifted the Cup after 28 long years.
He became India’s most successful captain:
It is said that the greatest leaders are those who have leadership thrust upon them. That is exactly what happened to Dhoni.
MSD has won every major International tournament there is. He won ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup, and ICC Champions Trophy. He also captained his club, Chennai super Kings to wins in both the IPL and Champions League.
He has the most number of back to back ODI wins( 10), Most number of wins by an Indian Captain in ODIs(101), most test wins by an Indian captain. Finally, Sachin and Ganguly also believe that MSD is the best captain India has ever had.
He puts the interests of the country and team before himself:
He did not visit his new born daughter because he was on national duty.
When his critics thought that he wasn’t capable to lead the test side anymore, he silently stepped down and retired from tests without any fanfare so that he could concentrate on the World Cup. Even now, when he is blamed for India’s poor form, he has volunteered to step down if everyone thinks it is his fault.
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