The name Mahendra Singh Dhoni in Indian Cricket signifies an inspirational leader, who has changed their fortunes tremendously. Specifically in the 50-over World Cup’s starting from 2011, India have performed outstandingly well under him. In a total of 11 big matches (including the first two matches of ICC World Cup 2015), India have won nine, lost only one and one resulted in a tie against England at Bangalore. Out of these 9 important wins, three have a major meaning to be described:
The Maintained Streak:
It refers to the (6-0) winning streak against Pakistan. This streak started way back in 1992 World Cup at Sydney and became (4-0) till the ICC World Cup 2003 at Centurion. Under Dhoni, India managed to defeat them in the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2011 at Mohali and in the group stage match of ICC World Cup 2015 at Adelaide to keep this unbeaten streak alive. In such high-pressure games and that too against Pakistan, it’s not easy to keep calm during tough situations but the way Dhoni handled the side was commendable as he chalked out a plan to fulfil the expectations of the crowd of supporters.
The Ended Streak:
Before their match against South Africa at Melbourne (in ICC World Cup 2015), India had lost to them on all three occasions in previous World Cup’s. But on February 22nd, the Men in Blue got the better off South Africa in all departments of the game and broke their losing streak against them by 130 runs. After making 307, Dhoni rotated his three pacers and two spinners pretty nicely against the power-packed South African batting and they too they didn’t disappoint their captain and bowled outstandingly well to bundle them for just 177 runs. It was a brave call to play two spinners on a pitch that has a little for spinners but Dhoni kept faith in both Ashwin and Jadeja and they also did their job too perfection.
Till now, he is having a great time in leading India in World Cup and let us hope that India successfully defends the crown under him. He has bound together this Indian team with his stability, maturity and measured leadership and has always made the most demanding jobs in the sport look easy.