MS Dhoni | The Supernatural Speedy Captain:
MS Dhoni, an ordinary boy from Jharkhand took his smartness, with his effort, to a whole new level. This boy from Jharkhand has saved Indian Cricket Team from losses on numerous occasions. Not only with his finishing flick, but MS Dhoni also emerged out as the greatest of the greatest in Wicket-keeping and Captaincy skills. The Indian captain has also nurtured many players when they were not even in the frame of International Cricket. He always made sure newcomers get enough opportunity.
The country owes gratitude to MS Dhoni for what he had done and had been doing since the last 15-16 years. Behind the scenes, it was only Dhoni who transformed the limited over cricket of the Indian Cricket Team.
Be it the “Limited-Over” cricket or “5 days long” test-cricket, MS Dhoni has been phenomenal with his tactics. There have been many instances when Dhoni gambled with his decisions and those decisions proved out to be one of the most celebrated moments for Indian Cricket Fans. Here are 5 instances when Dhoni took in the matches on Indian’s side it with his completely magical presence of mind :
5. When Dhoni gave the ball to Joginder Sharma :
It was in the year 2007 when Dhoni was appointed newly as a captain of Indian Cricket Team. Most of the senior players were not playing T-20 World Cup 2007. No one expected that team India would even go through the qualifiers. But breaking all the disbelieving ideas in the finals, India was playing with their arch-rival Pakistan. India won the toss and chose to Bat first. Till the 19th over of the second innings, the match was turning every interesting turn it should have for a match like finals. But in the 19th over match seemed clear to be in the hands of Pakistan. For the last over of the match, MS Dhoni had two options either to give the ball to one of the most-experienced bowler Harbhajan Singh or a newcomer Joginder Sharma. But brain-boy had other plans, as Bhajji was targeted by Misbah – Ul – Haq in his last over, MS Dhoni went with an inexperienced Joginder Sharma. 13 runs were required off 6 balls, the first ball went for wide and the next for a big six, then 6 runs were required of 5 balls. But from that day we knew MSD is a lucky man, as The next ball went in the air and Sreesanth took the Catch and INDIA won their first and only T20 world cup till date.
The whole nation was in surprise as the new young captain with a new team won the T-20 world cup for their nation. Surely it was early days of MS Dhoni but we all got a sign of a great player building up.
MS Dhoni told me he will take responsibility if India lose 2007 World T-20 final, recalls Joginder Sharma.
4. T-20 2016 vs Bangladesh:
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl first, it was a must-win game for Indian Team. India did not go for a mammoth total but for a fighting total of 146 runs with the small efforts of Raina, Kohli, and Pandya. The match initially seemed one-sided in the favor of Bangladeshis till the last over, 11 runs were needed off 6 balls with 4 wickets in hand with their set batsman on the strike. Dhoni gave the ball to Hardik Pandya, first two balls did cost 8 runs, and then 2 runs were needed off the last three balls. It was MS Dhoni whose sharp captaincy skill came in the frame. He played like a master by focusing on field setting helped taking two wickets on the next two balls. Now 2 runs were required off the last ball, MS Dhoni signaled Pandya to keep the ball outside off and moments ago for the ball to come closer he took his gloves off. After the ball was thrown it was MS Dhoni who ran toward the striker end and did a Jhonty Rodes and claimed a runout helping India to win that must-win game.
3. Tri Series Final VS Srilanka:
India, Srilanka, and West-Indies, one of the strongest cricket teams, were playing against each other on a Tri-Series in 2013. The Final of tri-series was played in Port of Spain between India and Sri Lanka. Srilanka set a target of 202 runs in 50 overs for India. Indians found themselves in difficult condition while chasing down the small total of 202 runs even though Rohit Sharma did hit a half-century. Indians needed 15 runs off the last over with the only wicket left with Ishant Sharma on the other hand.
Once again, MS Dhoni reduced a lost match into a one-on-one contest with an opposition bowler and knocked off the 15 required in just three hits. He did not take any single as the other batsman was a tailender and of course fo he had that unshakeable faith on his finishing style.
2. Champions Trophy 2013, Finals vs England:
ICC Champions Trophy 2013 final was played in Edgbaston, England, between India and England. Though the format was 50-50 due to interruption of the rain, the match was reduced to the limits of 20 over. The Indian team was not able to put on a big total but it was, however, a fighting one of 129 runs with help of Virat Kohli and a blistering knock from Sir Jadeja. England Cricket Team did not get a good start but it was Bopara and Morgan who held a partnership and were inching their team towards the victory. MS Dhoni brought Ishant Sharma in the 17th over who was bashed by both batsman and the so much wished-for win seemed off the views from Indian Team. And yet again, MS Dhoni brought back Ishant in the 19th over instead of the spinners who were doing well. Ishant did not panic and went on to take the wickets of Morgan and Bopara and brought the team into the game. The last over was bowled by R Ashwin who won it for India by 5 runs. India won their 3rd ICC Trophy under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
1. Coming up the order in World Cup 2011:
No team had ever won the World Cup in their Home. It was a good chance for the Indian Team. The Final was Played in Wankhede, Mumbai between India and Srilanka. Srilanka set a target of 275 runs. Chasing down the target of 275 runs Indian team fumbled as they lost the wickets of Sehwag and Tendulkar at the beginning of the innings. In came, was Virat Kohli who did an appreciable partnership with Gautam Gambhir. Though Kohli was caught out on 35 runs. Everyone in the stadium, on the Tv was expecting for Yuvraj Singh to replace the last wicket of Kohli. But it was MS Dhoni who had a new plan like every other time, MS Dhoni came in at no. 5 in place of Yuvraj Singh. And then went on boards, one of the finest innings of MS Dhoni of 91 runs thrashing each and every bowler of SriLanka. MS Dhoni finished in his own style with a huge six over the long-on and India lifted the world cup after 28 years. MS Dhoni was out of the form but outshone himself in the final match, taking up the responsibility of the captain.
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