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The highs and lows of MS Dhoni’s 15-year international career

From being run out for a duck on debut in 2004 to being run out at the closing stages of India's 2019 World Cup campaign, MS Dhoni has seen it all.

By: Express News Service | Updated: August 16, 2020 9:10:57 pm
MS Dhoni made his India debut in 2004 and played his last match in 2019. (AFP)

On Saturday, MS Dhoni took to Instagram to announce his retirement. Here’s a look at the highs and lows of his 15-year international career:

Inauspicious start

2004: Makes his ODI debut against Bangladesh in Chittagong. Gets run out for a duck.

Announces arrival

2005: Scores his first ODI century – 148 against Pakistan in Vizag. Cements his place in the team. First time an Indian wicketkeeper scores a hundred.

Passing the test

2006: Scores his first Test century against Pakistan at Faisalabad; Involved in an unbeaten 146-run partnership for the second wicket against Pakistan in Karachi as India chase down 287.

2007: After a disastrous World Cup campaign in the Caribbean, Dhoni’s effigies are burnt back home;

Captain Cool

2007: Leads a young team to the inaugural ICC World T20 title in South Africa.

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Firmly in charge

2008: Succeeds Anil Kumble as India’s Test captain. Defeats Australia 2-0 at home; Leads India to the Commonwealth Bank Trophy title in Australia.

Rare achievement

2009: Becomes only the second Indian captain in 41 years to win a series in New Zealand;

On top of the world

India beat Sri Lanka 2-0 in a Test series to become the No. 1 Test team.

Crowning glory

2011: India win the 50-over World Cup after 28 years. Dhoni seals the final with a six.

MS Dhoni with the six to win the ICC World Cup in 2011 MS Dhoni struck the winning runs against Sri Lanka to clinch ICC World Cup in 2011. (Source: AP)

Going downhill

India go down 4-0 in England.

2012: India lose Test series in Australia 4-0. Go down 1-2 in home Test series against England.

Terrific treble

2013: India win Champions Trophy in Birmingham as Dhoni becomes the first captain to complete a clean sweep of ICC trophies.

2013: Becomes India’s most successful Test captain, surpassing Sourav Ganguly’s 21 wins after India beat Australia in Hyderabad.

All of a sudden

2014: Announces Test retirement during the series in Australia

Dethroned

2015: India go down to Australia in the World Cup semifinal.

On top Down Under

2016: Wins T20I series in Australia 3-0.

Vacating throne

2017: Shepherds Virat Kohli through a tense chase against Australia in World T20 Super 10 match in Mohali.

End of the road

2019: Gets run out in his final international match, his 350th ODI, the World Cup semifinal defeat to New Zealand.

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