A trip of eight years that were productive and lengthy has finished; MS Dhoni has stepped down as limited overs chief. Pictures of the 26-year old rejoicing together with the Planet T-20 prize in control stays over among devotees that are Indian. And to it, stay his many most notable movements as a youthful, studying chief after raising the first T-20 World cup, whether that has been or managing seniors. Here are top 6 best memories of MS Dhoni as a captaincy of these in the modest and much selfless heads maybe the planet has ever seen.
6 Best memories of MS Dhoni #1 – Leaving the winning run for Virat Kohli in World T20 semi-final, 2014
Indian had reached the semifinal of yet another international event under Dhoni. The conflict this period was for an area in the last 2014 in Bangladesh, of the Planet T-20. One operate was needed off seven balls. The hero of the innings Kohli stood off 43 balls in another end on 6-8.
Hendricks pitched it quick just for Dhoni presenting a bat that was dead. The chief needed the winning runs to be hit by Kohli. And therefore he did when he charged a Dale shipping in the last up to reserve India’s position down in the last.
6 Best memories of MS Dhoni #2
Calling upon Virat Kohli to lift the tri-series trophy in 2013
Just days after lifting the Champions Trophy, India was off to the Caribbean to contest a tri-series involving the West Indies and Sri Lanka. Dhoni pulled his hamstring in India’s first game and was out of the rest of the series. Virat Kohli stepped in as captain for the remaining three group games, of which India won two and qualified for the finals. Dhoni, the warrior, returned to lead in the final.
Dhoni was on strike as India needed 15 from the final over.The warrior, that the Ranchi-born is, clobbered 16 off the first four deliveries to seal the deal. Not only that, when the presentation took place, he pushed Virat Kohli to join him in holding the tri-series trophy, acknowledging the contribution of Kohli, the stand-in captain.
6 Best memories of MS Dhoni #3
Continuing with Ishant Sharma in the Champions Trophy final, 2013
Three overs to go, 28 to win for hosts England in the decider of the Champions Trophy, 2013. Two set batsmen in Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara at the crease. Morgan on strike. Ishant Sharma had already been hit for 27 in three overs. At his final delivery having been deposited in the mid-wicket stands by Bopara.
Dot ball to begin the eighteenth over of the innings, Morgan slams a six in the next ball and Ishant then bowls two successive wides. The equation is down to 20 off 16. Slower ball from Ishant this time; Morgan is caught by R Ashwin at mid-wicket. The batsmen cross over. Ishant to Bopara, short ball, pulled but found Ashwin again – this time at square leg. Only another run came off the last two balls. Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin finished off the game for India to win by 5 runs.
6 Best memories of MS Dhoni #4
Taking it upon himself to go out at Number 5 in the World Cup final
Mother of all masterstrokes! Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli had steadied India’s ship after both openers fell early. while chasing 275 against a strong Sri Lanka team in the final of the biggest one-day tournament. Kohli fell with another 161 required.
The man in form Yuvraj Singh was expected to walk out, but the surprise package was Dhoni. India’s then coach Gary Kirsten had spoken of Dhoni’s willingness to take the initiative despite a lean run throughout the World Cup. “After the second wicket fell, there was a knock on the dressing room window and he was saying, ‘I want to go in next’”. Kirsten recalls of Dhoni’s desperation to perform his duties as captain. The rest, as we know, is history!
6 Best memories of MS Dhoni #5
Sourav Ganguly to lead in his last test
“I didn’t expect MS to ask me to captain the side for five overs. Want to say that, i was already switched off, so he woke me up. I didn’t know what was happening during the first six-seven balls,” was how Sourav Ganguly summed up his experience of arranging the field and choosing the bowlers during his farewell Test against Australia in Nagpur, 2008. Dhoni wanted him to do so.
He was already growing within only a year as captain; he was not bothered about the limelight. As soon as the ninth Australian wicket fell, Ganguly was handed over the responsibility and for ten minutes. Not only did Dhoni take us back to the good, old days of the Prince of Kolkata’s leadership, but he also etched a rare memory in our minds.
6 Best memories of MS Dhoni #6
Allowing others to hold the trophy
This humility was seen in him right from when he first won India a tournament – the World T20 in South Africa in 2007. Captain anew, Dhoni and his men surprised the world by turning from underdogs to victors. Pakistan was edged past by 5 runs on that evening in Johannesburg.
Dhoni called upon his teammates to celebrate, handed over the trophy to them and stepped aside to be in the back most row. This was just the beginning. The trend continued with the 2011 ODI World Cup, which Sachin Tendulkar and Piyush Chawla can be seen holding aloft. The 2013 Champions Trophy, which Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja are seen enjoying with. Every bilateral and tri-series has seen the same from the humble and one of a kind Dhoni.
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