Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

ICC World Twenty20: Mahendra Singh Dhoni enjoys the Twenty20 format, here’s why

Mahendra Singh Dhoni during a net session (AP) Mahendra Singh Dhoni during a net session (AP)
Written by Sahil Malhotra | New Delhi | Posted: March 13, 2014 6:03 pm | Updated: March 14, 2014 4:29 pm

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who led India to World Cup triumph in the inaugural edition in 2007, enjoys the shortest format of the game. A look at some interesting numbers.

* As skipper, Dhoni has registered five consecutive wins. The best being eight by England.

* Dhoni tops the list of the captains who have kept wickets. The Indian skipper has led India in 42 matches so far. He enjoys a healthy lead in this department as Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara is second best with 22.

* Surprise, surprise! Dhoni was out for a duck in his, and India’s, debut T20 match against South Africa in 2006.

We all know that the Ranchi dasher loves to get his runs in boundaries, especially in the shorter format, but how many goes over the fence? A look at the break up:

The T20 World Cup brought Dhoni and his captaincy into the limelight. He has covered a lot of distance since then. A quick glance at his captaincy record in the shortest format

T20 World Cup has not been a happy hunting ground for the inaugural champions as they have failed to reach the final in the following editions. How well has our skipper performed, with the bat?

When India is on song, in the T20 format, not always the skipper contributes with the bat, at least with hits over and to the fence. How?

* In the match where India hit the most sixes in an innings – 13 – Dhoni didn’t hit any. The match was played against New Zealand in 2009.

* Even in the match where India hit the most fours in an innings – 23 – Dhoni could only hit 2 to the fence.

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