MS Dhoni – A Man Worthy Of Praise

MS Dhoni

There is no denying that Mahindra Singh Dhoni is arguably one of India’s greatest ever cricket captain across all the three formats of the game (cricket). Coming from Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand, MS Dhoni, has undoubtedly been one of the gems of Indian cricket. His charasmatic nature and calmness on the field, only talks volumes about the man. Mahi, as he is more commonly known by, debuted for the national side on the 23rd of December, way back in 2004 against Bangladesh. While his debut was a one to forget, what followed a decade or so later, cannot be described in words.

MS Dhoni – Indian Cricket’s Stalwart

What MS Dhoni achieved as a captain for the Indian national cricket team is worthy of countless praise.  Not only was Mahi a great captain and batsman, but an incredible wicketkeeper as well. From winning the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007 to clinching the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup (50 overs) in 2011, to finally ending on a high by winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. MS Dhoni as a captain as won it all, and by doing so, became the only captain in the history of the game to win all ICC major trophies for his country. Now if that doesn’t deserve praise, then I don’t know what would!

MSD has played many a memorable innings for Team India, but the one that remains etched in our hearts is his 91* at the World Cup final in 2011. Not having batted much in the tournament, MS Dhoni surprised everyone in the final, when at the fall of India’s third wicket, strode out to bat instead of the in-form Yuvraj Singh. It sure did raise a lot of eyebrows, but what followed later was pure class. And well, who can ever forget that World Cup winning six and of course, the lines of Ravi Shastri in the commentary box when that shot was hit. “Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd. India lift the World Cup after 28 years”¸ said Ravi Shastri.

MS Dhoni’s Overall Numbers

MS Dhoni’s numbers for Team India is staggering, especially in the One Day format, considering the fact that he batted at 6 or 7 for most parts of his career.

Dhoni in Tests

Matches: 90

Runs Scored: 4876

Batting Avg: 38.09

100s/50s: 6/33

Highest Score: 224

Catches: 256

Stumpings: 38

Dhoni in ODI’s

Matches: 350

Runs Scored: 10773

Batting Avg: 50.53

100s/50s: 10/73

Highest Score: 183*

Catches: 321

Stumpings: 123

Wickets: 1

Dhoni in T20I’s

Matches: 98

Runs Scored: 1617

Batting Avg: 37.60

100s/50s: 0/2

Highest Score: 56

Catches: 57

Stumpings: 34

MS Dhoni As India Captain Across Formats

Mahinder Singh Dhoni’s stats as India captain reads a pretty picture. Here, look below!

FormatMatchesWonLostDrawTiedNo ResultWin %
Test60271815N/AN/A45%
ODI19911074N/A41155.27%
T20I’s724128N/A2156.90%

Moreover, MSD’s overall numbers as captain of the Indian Cricket Team reads as follows:

Total matches as captain: 331

Won: 178

Lost: 120

Win Percentage: 53.78%

Happy Birthday, Mahi

And lastly, we come down to the main purpose of this blog; that’s right, today (7th July, 2020) is India’s former skipper and living legend Mahindra Singh Dhoni’s 39th birthday. Here’s wishing him the very best in his future endeavors, and also hoping for his good health and happiness. Stay awesome, captain cool!

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