The ex-skipper of Indian Cricket Team MS Dhoni turned 40 today. In a 15-year long illustrious ODI career, MS Dhoni scored 10,000 ODI runs. He has an average of 50.58 under his name. He had the third-highest number of dismissals by a wicketkeeper (444), the most number of stumpings (123).
Dhoni had won T20 World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, ICC World Cup 2011 for India. He had played some brilliant knocks over the years. Let’s have a look at some memorable innings of MSD.
MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 183 against Sri Lanka, 2005
In this series against Sri Lanka, Dhoni was asked to bat at number six. After making 38 in the first match, he did not get to bat in the second one. Down 0-2 in the series, Sri Lanka posted a massive 298 for 4 in the third ODI.
MS Dhoni finished on an unbeaten and unbelievable 183 off 145 balls, his highest ODI score, as India got home with 23 balls to spare. He scored his runs at a strike rate of 126.2, hitting 15 boundaries and ten sixes, in what was then a pre-T20 era.
Against Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium,2006
He was asked to play the role of a finisher, and he was doing a pretty decent job. The Indian team was low on confidence after losing the Test series 0-1, but MS Dhoni had his chin up after stroking his maiden Test century in the second Test in Faisalabad.
The limited-overs leg was level at 1-1 when the teams arrived in Lahore. During the innings break, 2-1 in favor of Pakistan seemed likely after the hosts set an imposing target of 289.
Dhoni scored 72 off just 46 deliveries, hitting 13 boundaries, as India won with 14 balls remaining. That innings from MS Dhoni won him accolades even from then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.
Against Sri Lanka at World Cup Final, 2011
After the first innings, the match looked like Sri Lanka’s to lose as Mahela Jayawardene’s 103 off 88 balls meant that India had to pull off the highest-ever successful run chase in a World Cup final. Chasing 275, India lost both Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar with only 31 runs on the board.
When Virat Kohli departed with the team score reading 114, the crowd at the Wankhede Stadium was stunned when it was MS Dhoni instead of Yuvraj Singh who walked out to bat at number five. After promoting himself up the batting order, MS Dhoni belied his indifferent form to take control of the match before finishing with a flourish.
Dhoni once again aced the finisher’s role, finishing on an unbeaten 91 off 79 balls, scoring the winning runs with a six to win India the World Cup.
MS Dhoni against England at Lords,2011
The English attack reduced the visitors to 110 for four in the 26th over. That was when MS Dhoni joined his CSK teammate Suresh Raina at the crease. The duo put up an absolute carnage at the home of cricket.
The fifth-wicket partnership of 169 runs between MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina came off 143 balls. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 78 off 71 deliveries on a spicy Lord’s wicket. It was only Ravi Bopara’s phenomenal 96 that helped England tie the game after the Duckworth-Lewis method had reduced England’s target to 271 runs from 48.5 overs.
Against Sri Lanka at Queen’s Park Oval, 2013
It was the final of the tri-nation series. ndia had staged a remarkable comeback to reach the final after losing their first two matches.
India were staring down the barrel at 182 for nine in the 47th over. Ishant Sharma arrived at the wicket to join skipper MS Dhoni. Dhoni likes to do and has so often done in his career, he took the game to the wire. He finished on an unbeaten 45 off 52 balls.