MSD, born on July 7, 1981, is unarguably the finest finisher the Cricket world has seen. In spite of the fact that Australian Bevan made a name as a clinical finisher previously, Dhoni upset the way to deal with pursuing and has surpassed the Australian with his striking accomplishments.
A notice to all teams — 183 not out vs Sri Lanka at Jaipur, 3rd ODI, 2005
With those long hair, Dhoni had an scary look. Add to that, the ability to clear the ropes and you had a bowler’s biggest nightmare. In 2005, Dhoni had cemented his spot in the one-day side with good performances, particularly the 148 against Pakistan.
But, the innings that made the world take notice of the Indian dasher was his terrific 183 not out against Sri Lanka at Jaipur. Set a target of 299, India lost sachin in the first over. Also Read: Team india saint Rahane open up’s the secret in test cricket association with Kohli.!
Dhoni walked out at No.3 to join Sehwag with a huge task ahead! Pacers were smacked through the line, spinners were swept and driven powerfully.
The men at the other end went unnoticed as Dhoni completed one milestone after the other. The sparkling innings featured 15 fours and 11 sixes, taking India home with almost 4 overs to spare.The 183 not out off 145 balls was also the highest score in a successful run-chase until 2011.
Winning Pak president admire, 72 not out against Pak at Lahore, 2006
The tour to Pakistan in 2006 is a milestone in his career for it showed that there was maturity within the perceptible dasher. Tendulkar’s 95 helped India start their run-chase of 289 solidly on a track which had some help for the seamers. India set up themselves at 190 for 5 in the 35th over with Dhoni was joined Yuvraj Singh.
In that pressure, Dhoni played with gay abandon and cracked the bowling to all-parts. He looked unbeatable as he reached his fifty in 35 balls. A solid bang from Yuvraj at the other end was eclipsed by this stellar display. Dhoni finished with 72 not out off 46 balls with 13 fours, India won the game with 14 balls to remaining.
At the end of the game, the then Pak president Musharraf took the mic , congratulating Mahi and said, “I saw a placard asking you to have a haircut. But, if you were to take my opinion, you look good in this haircut.”’
An encore of Lahore — 77 not out against Pakistan at Karachi, 2006
indian cricket was at turning point in 2007. Having suffered the embarrassment of a first-round exit at the World Cup in the Caribbean, thanks to a defeat to Bangladesh, India were left to lick their wounds. As luck would have it, their first assignment after the big event was in Bangladesh.
Dhoni had faced the fans’ ire after that defeat, with a group attacking his house under construction in Ranchi. Eager to set things right, he came with a charge to Bangladesh. Don’t Miss: Former England skipper Nasser hussain Sets Guinness world record.!
India faced the possibility of another embarrassment in the first ODI when they were condensed to 144 for five in the 29th over, chasing 251 in 47.
Dhoni (batting at No. 3 that day) was battling cramps but stayed through to fasten the innings with Dinesh Karthik.Tempering his normal aggression, he stroked 91 runs in 106 balls with seven fours.
A six in the last over — 46 not out against West Indies at St Lucia ,2009
In a rain-reduced encounter, India was chasing 159 in 22 overs. With a good start from the openers, Dhoni walked in at No. 3 and took charge of the condition. However, West Indies fought back with wickets as India inched closer.
Dhoni was a picture of notable calm through that. It boiled down to the last over, with 11 needed. Pathan scampered a leg-bye to get Dhoni back on smack. Dhoni smashed Jerome Taylor for a huge six over the leg-side, which effectively won India the game.
The last 4 runs were knocked off with ease. This is maybe one of the first games where Dhoni showed his ability to finish games in the last over.
spectacular the 45 not out against Sri Lanka at Port-of-Spain, Tri-series final, 2013
On a tough wicket at the Queens Park Oval, India were chasing 202 to win the tri-series final. Rohit Sharma kept things in check and India were well on path to conquest at 139 for 3 in the 32nd over. That is when Lank’s hit back with regular wickets and had India in great dilemma.
Dhoni walked in at No. 6 and watched feebly at the other end as Rangana Herath tighten things with a extraordinary spell of 4 for 20 runs. With wickets falling, Dhoni kept his calm and picked his runs with ease, knowing that if he took it to the final over, India had a chance to win.
With 17 needed off two overs, the last man Ishant Sharma played out the penultimate, leaving Dhoni with 15 off the last.
Shaminda Eranga, the young fast bowler, was visibly nervous as he ran into bowl. Dhoni missed the first one, but smashed the next ball high over long-off for a six. The next ball flew over point for a four and the match was sealed with a bullet over long-off. Dhoni simply smiled as his teammates were over-the moon!