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MS Dhoni is not only a famous batsman along with impressive finishing skills or a smart wicketkeeper, but he is also famous for his leadership role. Under his long term captaincy, India achieved many incredible victories, which made him one of the greatest captains in international cricket history. Dhoni is the only captain to win three different ICC trophies.
During his captaincy tenure (2007-2018), Dhoni was also famous for taking bold decisions in the crucial moment. Some of the bold decisions stunned the cricket fans and experts. However, he never got scared to take bold decisions as a captain. Let’s take a look at five of his boldest decisions.
Here are the top five bold decisions by the Indian captain MS Dhoni
Choosing Joginder Sharma over Harbhajan Singh for the last over in the final of ICC World T20 2007
It was the first big surprising decision in an international match by the captain MS Dhoni. India and Pakistan met in the final of the ICC World T20 2007 where India beat the arch-rivals by just five runs and clinched that inaugural ICC WT20 trophy.
Chasing down the 158 runs target, Pakistan batting was struggling right from the beginning of that innings. Only Misbah-ul-Haq played a strong character from Pakistan side during that second innings as he incredibly fought till the end of the match.
While Pakistan needed to score 13 runs in the final over, captain Dhoni decided to bring the medium-pacer, Joginder Sharma, into the attack despite the experienced off-spinner Harbhajan Singh still had one over left. Though Sharma conceded an over-boundary in that final over, he later dismissed Misbah (43) and sealed a victory in that tournament final.
In an event, Dhoni opened up the reason why he chose Sharma in that final over. While Harbhajan was already an expensive bowler in that final match, Dhoni’s earlier experience also said that Misbah played better against the spinners. So, the Indian captain went with a medium-pacer in that deciding over.