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One of his best knocks is the 224 run rampage against Australia in Chennai, February 2013. India was going through a rough patch, losing seven tests followed by a series defeat against England. Dhoni was under immense pressure when he came on to the crease. With four wickets down already, the Indian team was expected to crumble under pressure but Dhoni had a different plan. He was oozing with confidence and he built his innings systematically to suit the requirement. He started cautiously and made sure that he did not lose his wicket to a loose shot. Once he has settled down, His innings gathered steam and he raced to 224. This innings paved the way for a 4-0 whitewash, one of the biggest defeats for the Australian team.
One of Dhonis strong suit is sportsmanship. There are various instances which validate this statement. One such instance that is fresh off in our memory is when Dhoni recalled Ian Bell. The Indian side was already trailing 1-0 in the series and England was well on their way to winning the second test. Ian bell was batting at 137 when he was declared run out. It was the last ball before tea and bell assumed that the ball had crossed the boundary so he did not tap his bat down in his crease. But that wasnt the case and Bell was declared out, much to the dismay of the crowd. Dhoni was well within his right to uphold the appeal but he did not and bell came back to the crease and went on to take England to a winning position. India may have lost the test match but Dhoni won the heart of all cricket fans.
An article about Dhoni has to include his 2011 world cup final innings. It was an Asian derby, with India and Sri Lanka facing off against each other for the top honor in the ODI format. Sri Lanka had posted a mammoth 274, which was a very good score given the circumstances. With Virendra Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, and Virat Kohli getting out cheaply, it was up to the middle order to take the Innings forward. Dhoni decided to promote himself, ahead of Yuvraj Singh who was in a purple patch and a front row contender for Man of The Series. He stitched a patient partnership of 109 with Goutham Gambhir, who was holding up one end. Dhoni started to accelerate and Gambhir perished trying to do the same, three runs short of a century. Yuvraj gave Dhoni good support and soon, the equation dwindled down to four runs off 11 balls. The entire crowd waited in anticipation as Dhoni swung his bat to lift the ball over the covers for a six. That moment will always be cherished by cricketing fans worldwide.
Who can forget Indias thrilling win over Bangladesh In the twenty 20 world cup, 2016? India had set a modest target of 147. Bangladesh was well on their way to win the match and restrict India from qualifying to the next round. This loss would have bought back the embarrassing memories of the 2007 world cup, where India had lost to Bangladesh. The responsibility of bowling the last over was given to Harthik Pandya, a rookie at that moment. Bangladesh required 11 runs from six balls. Bangladesh scored nine runs off the first three balls and they needed just two runs to recreate history. But the next three balls were nothing less than a Movie plot. Maybe the intense moment got to their head and the two settled batsmen, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah gave away their wickets. Dhoni, anticipating a runout, removed his glove and took his guard. The number ten could not connect and Dhoni swept like a hawk and took off the bails, giving India a famous victory on the last ball of the match.
Cricket has had over 450 captains since its inception and Dhoni is the only captain to win all the ICC tournaments. Here are a few of his records that prove that he is no pushover. Highest number of centuries scored by a number 7 In ODIs.Highest number of Sixes by a captain in International Cricket.Highest number of Stumping in International Cricket.Highest Score in an ODI innings by a wicketkeeper batsman.Highest number of runs Scored Without Scoring a Fifty in T20IsHighest number of T20I Matches Won as Captain
All this proves that Dhoni is one the best captain a team could have. We are thankful to him for his wonderful service to the Indian cricket team and hope that he achieves many more laurels as a wicketkeeper/batsman for India.