5 best ODIs captained by MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni(Mahendra Singh Dhoni), who is considered one of the coolest captains in contemporary cricket, has notched up large number of records. Dhoni as captain has the highest average of 50+ with atleast 2000 runs in the world. He is arguably the best ODI Captain in the world. He made his ODI debut in Bangladesh v India at Chittagong Dec 23, 2004. He has been the lucky mascot of team India, as under his captaincy India has won major series and a World Cup. His captaincy has led India to many famous wins. In this article we talk about 5 of the best ODIs under leadership of MS Dhoni.
India v Pakistan – ICC Cricket World Cup 2011- 2nd semi final
The two arch rivals collided on the occasion of World Cup Semi-Final on 30 March 2011 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh. One can’t afford to miss India v Pakistan match. India won the toss and chose to bat first. Virender Sehwag started hitting explosively but he couldn’t last long and was given out to LBW when he misjudged the ball thinking it would bounce but it didn’t. But India recovered quickly soon Sachin Tendulkar and Gambhir were on fire. But Pakistan’s bowlers were consistent and took regular wickets and limited India to 260/9 score. Wahab Riaz bowled exceptionally and took 5 wickets alone. Now it was up to Dhoni to use his bowlers effectively to stop Pakistan from reaching the target. Dhoni used his captaincy skills by effectively utilizing his bowlers and the field to stop Pakistan from getting the upper hand. Almost all the batsman played their part well but it wasn’t sufficient for them reach target before they were completely bowled by the Indian bowlers. And every bowler took 2 wickets and still maintaining a healthy economy and stopped Pakistan at 231. India won by 26 runs and Dhoni earned team India the final match against Sri Lanka.
India v Sri Lanka – ICC Cricket World Cup 2011– Final
The match was played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 2 April 2011. Being the Final match of the world was in itself a great match but MS Dhoni’s innings and captaincy took the match to another level. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat and put a score of 274 on the board with a loss of 6 wickets. Jayawardene was the major contributor of the score with scoring 103 runs. Now all India needed was to score 275 in 50 overs. India openers, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, didn’t work quite well and lost their wickets to Malinga. Gambhir came to the rescue and with the help of Kohli they partnered 83 runs. Kohli scored 35 runs and was caught and bowled by Dilshan. The captain cool MS Dhoni came to bat and took the match to India’s side. Dhoni and Gambhir stood firm and scored 109 runs in partnership. Gambhir played a great innings by scoring 97 runs. But he was bowled by Perera. MS Dhoni took the responsibility in his hands by batting aggressively and hit couple of sixes and ensured that India wins the world cup. India won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining). The hero of the match was none other than MS Dhoni who made the victory of India inevitable.
Sri Lanka v India – India in Sri Lanka ODI Series – 4th ODI
The match took place at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 05 February 2009. This was another great innings played by the Dhoni. India won the toss and chose to bat first. The main highlights of the 1st innings were Gambhir(150), Dhoni(94) and Raina(49). These three men destroyed the Sri Lankan bowling attack. Gambhir and Dhoni scored 188 runs in partnership and and looked like these two men would be standing tall till the end of the innings but Dhoni’s wicket fell and and suddenly Sri Lanka was in control. Sri Lanka took 2 wickets after Dhoni was out. Then came Suresh Raina who gave a helping hand to Gambhir and they soon became indestructible and put another 103 runs on the scoreboard. India put a staggering 332 runs on the scoreboard. Sri Lanka showed no major hitters and was bowled out completely. Indian bowlers should be praised who made it simple for team India. India won by 67 runs and once again Dhoni proved that he can be the best captain and still manage to get big runs.
Australia v India – Commonwealth Bank Series – 2nd final
The two teams played their final match at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane 4 March 2008. India won the toss and chose to bat first. Indian openers were firm and stood by their grounds and garnered 94 runs as the opening partnership. Sachin Tendulkar scored his fifty. The partnership looked good but Robin Uthappa was unable to carry and was given out. Gambhir was not much of a help. Then Yuvraj Singh came and hit the first six of the innings and scored 38 before he was out. Sachin was out for 91 runs. Dhoni tried to keep the scoreboard ticking but he was able to score only 36 runs. And India posted 258 runs on the scoreboard. Indian bowlers took control of the match quickly Australia was 32/3 but partnership between Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds took the control. But soon India took the wickets of Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds to take control of the game. But Michael Hussey and James Hopes were on for the run and gave Australia some hope. But it wasn’t enough and Australia was all out for 249 runs. India won the match by 9 runs and series with 2-0.
India v Australia – Australia in India ODI Series – 2nd ODI
The two rivals clashed at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur on 28 October 2009. Australia won the toss chose to field. The Indian players mocked the Australian bowling attack and put a humungous score of 354 on the score board. Everyone from the Indian batting lineup played well and it was once again MS Dhoni who stood against the odds and scored a century. Gambhir(76) and Raina(62) contributed to the scoreboard but it was MS Dhoni wo stole the show. Australia was no match for the Indian bowling attack, almost all of their players scored 20’s and 30’s. Australia fell short of wickets and was all out for 255 runs. MS Dhoni and team won the match by 99 runs.