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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.

MS Dhoni made his India debut in 2004 and played his last match in 2019. (AFP)

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


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.

First published on: 15-08-2020 at 10:44:40 pm
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