MS Dhoni is known for his contributions and various achievements for the Indian cricket team. The former Test captain is considered as the most successful leader of his era. With three major ICC trophies under his belt, MS Dhoni became the only skipper to achieve the feat. Here’s a look at the three major triumphs of his cricketing career.
World T20 2007
This was the first time when a World cup was being held in the shortest format. South Africa was the venue for this inaugural World cup. A young Indian team was sent for the assignment and MS Dhoni was a surprise pick when it came down to leading the team. This was an important fixture from India’s cricket point of view as the Men in Blue were outplayed in the ICC World cup 2007 that was held prior to this tournament in West Indies. So another loss would have demolished the confidence of the team and majorly would have become a cause of anger of fans and spectators. India went on to become the world champions of T20 format after they defeated arch rivals Pakistan in the final.
India scored a decent 157 runs. In reply Pakistan fumbled miserably and were reduced 77/6. But as they say, cricket ends with the last ball bowled. Misbah took on the Indian attack and carried the match to last over single handily. But one wrong shot from the swashbuckling batsman thrashed Pakistan’s dream to win the inaugural T20 World cup. Misbah chipped one in the air and Sreesanth who was standing at short fine leg position took the catch. “It’s in the air and Sreesanth takes it. India win”, said Ravi Shastri in commentary box after Sreesanth completed that tricky catch of Misbah-ul-Haq.
ICC World cup 2011
“India lift the World cup after 28 years”, says Ravi Shastri in the commentary box after skipper MS Dhoni smashes a winning six off Kulasekara to give India its second ICC World cup. India played Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai where the hosts chased down 275 runs against a formidable Lankan bowling line up. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 91 during the course of India’s run chase. India became only the third nation after West Indies and Australia to win two or more World cups.
ICC Champion Trophy 2013
Two years later in England, MS Dhoni again showed his cool and calm nature on the field. This was the third time when India were playing in a Champion trophy final and the responsibility of brushing off this drought was on Dhoni.
Major part of the match was disturbed by rain and it seemed that the 2002 result would replicate. But later after the sky got cleared, the match was reduced to twenty overs apiece. India batted first and scored 129 runs in 20 overs.
England in reply got off to a struggling start but soon Irish man Eoin Morgan and Ravi Boparra held on to their nerves and began to disturb India bowling. Ishant Sharma was leaking runs but Dnoni showed his trust in Ishant and handed him the ball in 18th over. The “villian” turned into a “hero” as the right-arm quick bowler dismissed both Morgan and Boparra in consecutive balls. Later, R.Ashwin concluded the proceedings. India won their first ICC Champions trophy.