MS Dhoni’s 13 nice innings throughout codecs
MS Dhoni, born on July 7, 1981, is among the biggest limited-overs cricketers the sport has seen. As a wicketkeeper-batsman, Dhoni has not solely revolutionised the position but additionally the batting method. Although a legend in shorter codecs, Dhoni additionally has 9 Take a look at a whole lot to his title and as a skipper led India to the No 1 spot in ICC Take a look at Rankings. From a sea of nice worldwide knocks, Suvajit Mustafi lists down 13 throughout codecs.
1. First ODI hundred 148 vs Pakistan at Visakhapatnam, April 2005
The MS Dhoni-Virender Sehwag partnership sealed it for India. Batting at No 3 in what was his fifth One-Day Worldwide (ODI), Dhoni got here in to bat at 26, on the fall of Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket. He went on so as to add 96 with Sehwag off 62-balls. Dhoni smacked 148 from 120-balls, hitting 15 fours and 4 sixes. His knock masterminded India to an enormous 356 and which lastly helped the staff win by 58 runs, to 2-0 within the collection.
2. Chasing 299 with ease 183* vs Sri Lanka at Jaipur, October 2005
Dhoni had cemented his place within the ODI facet. If his 148 had introduced his arrival on the greatest platform, this knock was an assurance that the 24-year-old famous person from Ranchi was right here to remain. India had been set a goal of 299 and Dhoni, batting at No 3, got here out to bat within the first over. He struck an unbeaten 183 from 145-balls, smacking 10 sixes, as India chased down the rating within the forty seventh over. The following highest rating was 39. Dhoni, in his first 12 months in worldwide cricket, equaled Sourav Ganguly’s 183 which was then the second highest particular person rating by an Indian in ODIs.
3. Maiden Take a look at hundred 148 vs Pakistan at Faisalabad, January 2006
Dhoni introduced up his maiden Take a look at ton in his fifth Take a look at and scored 148 towards Pakistan. He introduced up his maiden ODI ton too in his fifth ODI towards the identical opposition. His Take a look at hundred was a shocking show of counterattacking batting. He dealt the deadly tempo of Shoaib Akhtar with identical severity as he dealt Danish Kaneria’s spin. Bailing India out of hassle, he helped the facet get a 15-run lead. Dhoni’s 148 got here of solely 153-balls, an innings that contained 19 fours and 4 sixes.
4. Status as a finisher 77* vs Pakistan at Karachi, February 2006
It was the fifth ODI of the collection and Dhoni was in red-hot kind. His 68 helped India attain an enormous whole within the first sport and his match-winning 72 not out at Lahore was applauded by all together with the Pakistan President Pervez Musharaf. Already 3-1 up within the collection, Dhoni displayed a exceptional calm as he as soon as once more stitched an unbeaten partnership of 146 from 99-balls with Yuvraj Singh, to assist India win the match. Along with his 77 from 56-balls, Dhoni made the chase appear to be a cakewalk. India required 82 from the final 10-overs they usually gained it with 19-balls to spare.
5. Batting with one leg 91* vs Bangladesh at Dhaka, Might 2007
Bangladesh had their tails up. In lower than two months again, they induced an enormous heartbreak after they beat India within the World Cup encounter which later resulted of their exit from the event. In what was India’s first project after the World Cup, India had rested a few of their large names and a number of satisfaction was at stake. Within the first match of the collection, Bangladesh had posted 250 from their 50 overs. Batting at No 3, Dhoni was battling cramps and batted just about on one leg, with a runner. The ache didn’t trouble him sufficient as he guided India to a win with an over to spare. He ended up with a courgeous 91 not out from 106-balls and confirmed all that his batting is not only about brawn.
6. 218-run stand with Mahela Jayawardene 139 vs Africa XI at Chennai, June 2007
Dhoni as soon as once more displayed his brutal facet of batting, this time for Asia XI. Led by Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene, Asia XI had already gained the collection 2-0. Within the seventeenth over, Africa XI had the Asians reeling at 72 for 5, when Dhoni walked out to bat. He stitched an enormous 218-run stand with Jayawardene to take his facet to 331. Dhoni scored 139 from 97-balls a knock that contained 15 fours and 5 sixes. It didn’t finish there; he additionally affected three stumpings within the sport as Asia pulled off one other win.
7. Saving the Lord’s Take a look at 76* vs England at Lord’s, July 2007
An attacking batsman by nature, Dhoni needed to curb his instincts in an try to save lots of the Lord’s Take a look at. In hindsight, the unbeaten 76 by Dhoni on the ultimate day proved to be extraordinarily essential as India went on to win the Take a look at collection. Batting primarily with the tail, he fought for shut to 3 and half hours until rain got here to the facet’s rescue.
8. Dominating the perfect 124 vs Australia at Nagpur, October 2009
It was the second ODI of the collection and India had received off to an excellent begin. Dhoni got here to bat at 97 for 3 within the sixteenth over and continued the momentum powering India to 354. Dhoni scored 124 from 107-balls in an innings that contained 9 boundaries and three sixes.
9. World Champions 91* vs Sri Lanka at Mumbai, April 2011
Within the greatest levels of all, Dhoni delivered below immense strain and helped India to put palms on the World Cup for the second time. Chasing 275 in a excessive strain World Cup closing, Dhoni promoted himself to No 5 and added 109 with Gautam Gambhir. The Sri Lankan bowlers had no reply to Dhoni’s serenity below strain as he took India house with 10 balls to spare. His unbeaten 91 from 79-balls within the World Cup closing is really iconic.
10. A lone hand 113* vs Pakistan at Chennai, December 2012
Regardless of ending within the shedding facet, Dhoni was awarded the man-of-the-match for his Herculean efforts. The sport’s destiny was determined within the first 10 overs and Dhoni solely delayed the Pakistani win. Within the tenth over, India had been 29 for 5 and with 102 on the board the sixth wicket fell. In what was a real captain’s knock, Dhoni crafted an unbeaten 113 from 125-balls to take India to 227. The rating enabled India to make a match out of nothing, however Pakistan sealed it within the forty ninth over.
11. Love affair continues at Chennai 224 vs Australia at Chennai, February 2012
Chennai loves Dhoni. For years he has represented the town franchisee within the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Indian skipper too loves the town. He saves his absolute best for this venue. India took on Australia in 2012 in robust occasions. Not solely had India suffered two whitewashes in England and Australia, in late 2012, Alistair Prepare dinner’s England beat them at house. The Aussies had been sharpening their knives and seeking to repeat the Englishmen’s act. Within the first Take a look at at Chennai, Australia had put up 380 and had India 196 for six, when Dhoni stepped in. In what was a classic Dhoni, he counterattacked and introduced up his maiden double hundred. His 224 got here off solely 265 balls, as India took a 192-run lead. His breezy knock gave the bowlers ample time to seal the sport in India’s favour. The captain set the tone and India went on to win the collection 4-0.
12. The final over particular 45* vs Sri Lanka at Port-of-Spain, July 2013
If anybody had doubts over Dhoni being the perfect finisher, watch this video. On a troublesome wicket on the Queens Park Oval, India chasing 202 to win the tri-series closing, had been cruising at one stage at 139 for 3. Quickly after Rohit Sharma’s wicket, Sri Lanka staged a exceptional comeback and had India at 182 for 9 within the forty seventh over. The ever-calm Dhoni performed it out with the tail and received the sport to a stage after they wanted 15 off the final over. The bowler Shaminda Eranga appeared nervous. Dhoni missed the primary ball however the sport’s destiny was determined within the subsequent three deliveries a six over long-off, then a boundary over level and one other one over extra-cover this time. The ecstatic teammates sprinted in the direction of their skipper as India lifted the trophy.
13. Bailing out India once more 139* vs Australia at Mohali, October 2013
In what was the third sport of the collection, Dhoni got here in to bat at 76 for 4 within the thirteenth over. The Indian batsmen, barring Virat Kohli, didn’t appear to have solutions to Mitchell Johnson’s chin music. With the assistance of Kohli, Dhoni started resurrecting the innings. However the latter fell for 68 with solely 148 on the board. Whereas wickets fell on the different finish, Dhoni braved on. Ignoring a knee harm, Dhoni went on to belt an unbeaten 139 from 121-balls smacking 12 fours and 5 sixes, guiding India to 303. Until the very finish it appeared the match was in India’s pockets, however the bowlers couldn’t defend 44 from the final three overs as James Faulkner’s 64 off 29, guided Australia to a exceptional win as they went up 2-1 within the collection.
(This text was revealed on July 7, 2017)
(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches quite a few different snacks all through the day. Sure, a jack of a number of trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup profitable skipper however ended up being a sports activities author, writer, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sportsmarketer , strategist, entrepreneur, thinker and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which provides him the last word excessive and the place he finds solace. He may be adopted at @RibsGully and rivu7)