After an outstanding victory, last Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Mahendra Singh Dhoni equaled Sourav Gangulys record of 9 wins in World Cups, making him the second most successful Indian captain only behind India’s 1983 World Cup winning captain, Kapil Dev.
This record is another feather in Dhoni’s hat as an Indian captain, only days after he became India’s most successful One-Day International captain, overtaking Kapil Dev.
Dhoni though has the highest winning percentage as India’s World Cup captain with 86.36%. Ganguly is second with 81.81%.
Although Dhoni’s performance has been outrageous and well below par, his captaincy has never been subjected to any long term questions, though a lot of eyebrows were raised during the recently concluded tri series in Australia, where India were winless.
Fortune always seems to favor Dhoni, so fans can hope that India continues this winning momentum at the cricketing show-piece, the World Cup 2015 and bring the Cup back home.
Barring Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni is arguably the most popular and definitely the most scrutinized cricketer from India. He has done so coming from the cricketing backwaters, the mining state of Jharkhand and a style of captaincy that scales the highs and lows of both conservatism and unorthodoxy. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India had the Number 1 Test ranking for 18 months starting December 2009, the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the World Twenty20 on his captaincy debut in 2007.
If India wins the World Cup this time, they will be the first team after Australia to win it thrice, with Australia winning it 4 times.