MS Dhoni (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) was born on 7th July 1981, Ranchi, Bihar ( Now in Jharkhand). He made his ODI debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, and played his first test a year later against Sri Lanka. He captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in test cricket from 2008 to 2014. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup, 2010 & 2016 Asia Cups, 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and Many IPL trophy.
Today, when Dhoni retires from International Cricket. Let’s have a look on his SEVEN Decisions that will always be remembered in the cricket history.
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India Vs Pakistan (2007 T20 World Cup Final: Joginder Sharma to bowl last over)
Hmm….. While writing I’m still feeling the pressure which we had in 2007!. Pakistan needed 13 runs in the last over of the match. Everyone was waiting for Sreesanth or Harbhajan Singh to bowl but suddenly Dhoni turned to newbie Joginder Sharma to bowl.
After a wide and a six, Dhoni told Joginder Sharma to stick to the middle and in this case Misbah-Ul-Haq holed out and a superb catch was taken by sreesanth. This catch destroyed the dreams of Pakistan Cricket team and marked a non-lasting moments for 1.15 billion Indian.
Trying to hit a Yorker for a Six!
Dhoni knows many shots to hit the ball outside the boundary lines. His helicopter shot is one the famous shot in the cricket history.
Dhoni kept trying his best to hit that unplayable delivery out of the park. Initially it looked like an extremely bad shot. But this shot helped him to make a special place in billions heart.
India Vs Sri Lanka (2011 World Cup Final: Batting before Yuvraj Singh
It was the 2nd of April 2011, 1.24 billion people were on their feet. Some were cheering, some praying, and the rest were biting off their nails. In the final match of world cup, Sri Lanka set a target of 275 runs and while chasing the target India lost its 3 wickets on the score of 114 runs.
Generally the 4th down was for Yuvraj Singh but in this case MS Dhoni took the responsibility to walked in. It seemed immediately to unravel as Dhoni was 8 off 18 at the end of the 29th over. But MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh partnership again destroyed the dreams of Sri Lanka. Dhoni’s 91 runs not-out and the winning six has almost become a dream come true for billions of Indian. Dhoni got ‘Man of the Match’ for this outstanding performance.
India Vs England (2013 Champions Trophy Final: Ishant Sharma Bowling 18th over)
In 18th over Dhoni called Ishant to bowl, there were 2 more overs left. But Dhoni wants to break the partnership, as both England’s batsman were confident to win the match.
Ishant bowled as per Dhoni’s guidance and was able to take both wickets. This lead to win the match against England and prove the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
India vs Bangladesh (2016 T20 World Cup Super 10: Doing wicket keeping with one gloves)
On 23rd March 2016, in T20 World Cup, India were to face an upbeat Bangladesh in a super-10 encounter. India had set a target of 146 for Bangladesh. On the last Bangladesh needed two runs to win the match. A four, six or even two singles could change the history for Bangladesh cricket team. Even a single run can make a tie. Hardik Pandya was ready with bowl, on the other hand Mahmadullah and Mushfiqur were on crease.
Dhoni was ready behind the stumps, he removed one of his glove for better grip of ball. As batsman missed the short ball and started running between the wickets, Dhoni was all ready and he hit the wicket before the runner reach the crease.
India Vs Pakistan (2017 T20 World Cup bowl-out: Bowl in Uthappa’s hand)
During the T20 world cup match with pakistan at the end there was a tie and Empire called out for bowl out, five bowlers from each team have to hit the stump.
Pakistan cricket team bought their bowlers like Yasir & Umar Gul, Shahid afridi where as MS Dhoni began with part-timer bowler Virendra Sehwag, moved to Harbhajan Singh and then the batsman Robin Uthappa. All three hit! Helped India to win the match against Pakistan.
CSK Vs MI (IPL 2010 Final Match: Dhoni’s plan for Pollard)
How can we forget the fantastic matches of CSK, during the IPL final match between CSK & MI. Kieron Pollard was going wild to hit every ball outside the boundaries. He was all set snatch the trophy from CSK.
Dhoni placed Matthew Hayden at ta straightish mid-off position, next to the bowler, along with a regular long-off fielder ad well. Albie Morkel bowled it as planned by MS Dhoni and Pollard fell into the trap, hitting it straight in the hands of Hayden. This leads to CSK win again.
MS Dhoni will be missed! Mahi will be remembered
Best wishes Captain Cool………