Think of the greatest Indian captains of all times and what comes to mind… Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammed azharuddin, the, Sourav Ganguly? Or a name that’s perhaps a shade all of these players together? MS Dhoni. Yeah, we thought so. Best Dhoni can be behind us. For all you know we may have seen the last of him, but the name is Dhoni stays in the list of the most famous captains of India.
Back in 2007. India was eliminated from the world Cup. Career was at stake. Rahul the Dravidians were in the line of fire to deliver the worst performance of the world Cup in India since 1975, and despite a historic test series win in England is defeat Odie and Australia at home followed. With the team in disarray, Dhoni fresh hope of India doing the impossible – to win the first ever T20 world Cup in South Africa. Appointed captain ahead of the ODI series Pakistan, Dhoni has started with a Bang – in a 3-2 victory over arch-rivals and take the path that will change the dynamics of Indian cricket.
For many years, Australia thrashed India in their own land. In 2000, India won only 1 of the 14 ODIs, and although the result was slightly better three years later, in 2004, Australia in nine out of ten cases online India a sound beating. However, four years later, what has changed, and adequately, under Dhoni, India defeated Australia may be in back to back finals in 2008 CB series to invoke the splendor and joy.
The road was not easy. Dhoni made a bold call to give up on Rahul and the Dravidians career Ganguly Sourav in ODI, but he has put himself and the results did not disappoint him. Out, India took the series wins in Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and in 2010 Asia Cup, Dhoni was in the middle of everything. India won its first test series in New Zealand in 41 years and secured a resounding double taking ODIs. In 2009, India reached the top of ICC test ranking for the first time, with Dhoni, once again, at its front edge.
He began to be called ‘the Man with the Golden arm’, with the Midas touch, and all this led him leading India to the biggest title is world Cup 2011 and how? With 150 runs from seven innings, Dhoni saved his best for last, all-important final, where he played the innings of his life. And unbeaten 91, including the highlights of India’s six as he lofted nuwan Kulasekara into the stands. “Dhoni finishes the style. India won the world Cup after 28 years and it’s Indian captain, who was absolutely gorgeous the night of the final.”Ravi Shastri, we miss you in the comment field.
However, high of the world Cup, the captaincy of Dhoni powers began to wane. In the 0-5 hammering of England was followed by a 0-4 whitewash in Australia. Dhoni is still ongoing and many are questioning the decision of the BCCI to adhere to him as a person in charge of the team. Perhaps no other Indian batsman got a rope more than Dhoni. Again, no other captain did what Dhoni either.
Dhoni got a new stick for his infamous rotation policy, with the participation of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir as India crashed from the WB, can make it to the finals. A month later, India lost the Asia Cup, but did it with a 4-1 series win in Sri Lanka. A win at Donny returned to the track. With Sachin Tendulkar retire and Sehwag and Gambhir in the last stage of his career, Dhoni again team, get on Board the likes of Shikhar Kapoor, Ravindra Jadeja and giving the Indian team a can opener in Rohit Sharma. There is no looking back.
Dhoni completed the top three trophies of the ICC as India beat England to win Champions trophy in June 2013, the only captain to do so. But the lows of the overseas tests was something Dhoni hardly grapple with a poor show that took place in England as India lost the test series 1-3, and later in Australia 0-2. Between Dhoni came under fire for his ability to finish matches in India. He started to leave finishing drives all to themselves. Call Doni eliminating one experienced batsman like Ambati Rayudu in the final ODI against England in 2014 and the support of their own to seal the match backfired when he couldn’t get the job done.
Despite India doing reasonably well, Dhoni once more to crack the code, KVN tournaments with India stumbling at the final stage. They lost the final of the world T20 2014 in Bangladesh, the semi-finals of the world Cup 2015 in Australia (after going unbeaten in the tournament) in the semi-finals of the world Cup T20 against the West Indies in India. In early 2017, Dhoni the captain stepped aside, allowing Virat Kohli to take, but not before he led India to wins from 110 to 200 ODIs, winning percentage 59.62.
Just as Dhoni caught oppositions by surprise as the captain, he continues to do with his fans. After leaving India in the world Cup last year in the semifinals against New Zealand, he could not see. Words from some circles suggesting that he has done, while some believe in him to play in IPL, no matter when that might be. However, if we see the last time Dhoni that his career was. Probably goats of India!
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