No Indian can overlook the phrases of Ravi Shastri from the commentary field – “Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years!”
The World Cup-winning second, nonetheless recent within the thoughts of each fan, was completely magnificent. Dhoni’s unbeaten 91-run knock was a key motive behind India basking in World Cup glory again in 2011. Hunting down a difficult 275-run goal, he steered India previous the ending line at (*40*), making certain that there was no late drama within the summit conflict.
The Indian dressing room roared in pleasure as Dhoni dispatched a six off Nuwan Kulasekara to ship the ball into the stands. Not solely did Dhoni give hundreds of thousands of Indians a reminiscence value revisiting all through their lives, but in addition reworked himself right into a formidable “finisher”, one with ice in his veins.
Cut to the current day and Dhoni, India’s “beloved” skipper, remains to be a fan-favourite amongst all age teams. The “Captain Cool”, who has gained all main cricketing accolades that one can obtain throughout his enjoying stint, celebrates his fortieth birthday right this moment on July seventh.
In a cricket-obsessed nation like India the place the game is nothing in need of a faith, Dhoni’s title stays proper up there within the checklist of most profitable skippers. The nation had already witnessed the brilliance of Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly however the emergence of Dhoni as a pacesetter helped the Indian group in changing into a dominant drive in world cricket.
Dhoni could haven’t obtained a correct farewell however his completed profession made him India’s most adorned captain. Dhoni’s captaincy saga began in 2007 when he led a younger Indian to victory within the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa.
There was no wanting again for Dhoni after that. Often described as the person with a Midas contact, the wicketkeeper-batsman ultimately turned some of the adorned skippers of Indian cricket. Not solely did he encourage kids together with his on-field manner, but in addition orchestrated video games together with his captaincy strikes, batting wits and glovework. Dhoni stays the one wicketkeeper on the earth to notch up 100 or extra stumpings within the One-Day Internationals.
Dhoni is the one captain within the historical past of the game to have gained three ICC trophies – T20 World Cup (2007), ODI World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy (2013). It was beneath the management of Dhoni that India reached the numero uno spot in each Test and ODI codecs of the game.
Under Dhoni, India gained 41 Test matches out of 72, 110 ODI matches out of 200, and 27 T20I video games out of 60. On the batting entrance, he gathered 17,226 runs in his worldwide profession which spanned from 2004 to 2019.
The IPL document of ‘Chinna Thala’ can be phenomenal. Under the captaincy of Dhoni, CSK have gained three IPL titles in addition to the Champions Trophy in 2010 and 2014. Dhoni, who’s now Chepauk’s beloved man, has performed for the Chennai-based out in each season, besides for 2 seasons when the franchise was banned.
India’s semi-final exit within the 2019 World Cup, a heartbreak towards New Zealand, turned out to be Dhoni’s final look within the blue jersey. While his followers had been eagerly ready to see him don the India jersey another time, Dhoni, virtually a 12 months in the past, drew curtains on an illustrious worldwide profession. He introduced his retirement from all types of worldwide cricket on 15 August 2020.
Dhoni, nevertheless, is but to ponder retirement from franchise cricket. He might be seen in motion when CSK battles for one more title within the the rest of IPL 2021 this 12 months. Amid rising calls over not-so-young Dhoni’s potential to ship with the bat, all we will say is — “Enjoy It While It Lasts”.