A Fabulous Inning: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Former indian captain and internationally acclaimed cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket last week. It’s under Captain Cool (by which Dhoni is mostly referred to) that India won its second World Cup in 2011 after a long wait of 28 years.
Under his leadership, India won three major ICC tournaments – the 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and the Champions Trophy 2013.
A young man from Ranchi, Dhoni made his ODI debut in December 2004. He burst on the scene when he smashed an unbeaten 148 – in his fifth ODI – against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam.
Overall, he hit 10,773 runs in the 50-over format, including 10 centuries and 73 fifties. His highest individual score (183*) came against Sri Lanka at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur in 2005.
He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in 2007. He led India to their maiden tri-series (involving Australia and Sri Lanka) win Down Under.
In the years to come, Dhoni’s India won ODI series in West Indies (2009), New Zealand (2009), England (2014), Sri Lanka (2008, 2009 and 2012). Also, one of India’s seven Asia Cup triumphs came under Dhoni in 2010.
Dhoni’s highest individual Test score of 220 was versus Australia in Chennai Test in 2013. Under his captaincy, India were the No.1 Test side for 18 months starting December 2009. He handed over captaincy to the younger generation in 2017.
In the IPL, Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings to three titles and five runner-up finishes.