Today is MS Dhoni’s birthday, and he is 40 years old. While the Ranchi-born hero is no longer involved in international cricket, fans will never forget how he forever revolutionized Indian cricket.
Dhoni made his international debut in December 2004 and was selected captain of the Indian T20I team in September 2007. For the first time in the ICC T20 World Cup, the wicketkeeper-batsman led India.
Many experienced players had opted out of the tournament, but Dhoni was unfazed as he led the squad to the maiden title.
It’s been over 14 years since that momentous victory, and many fans now believe MS Dhoni to be the greatest captain of all time. He stood out among the other skippers because of his ability to remain calm in tight situations.
Many times throughout his career, captain Dhoni has kept his calm and helped India come from behind to win games.
Here are five moments MS Dhoni demonstrated that he was the ultimate ‘Captain Cool.’
1. In the 2011 World Cup Final, MS Dhoni hits a match-winning six.
During the 2011 World Cup, MS Dhoni was out of sorts. India were 114/3 after 21.4 overs in their last encounter against Sri Lanka, having been set a 275-run target.
Dhoni was unexpectedly promoted above an in-form Yuvraj Singh. Dhoni retained his cool and played his natural game in a high-pressure run chase.
Dhoni walked out to bat in a pressure situation and lead India to win by scoring 91 runs off 79 deliveries in a competition when he hadn’t hit a fifty before the final.
2. India vs. Bangladesh, 2016 T20 World Cup
In the 2007 50-over World Cup, Bangladesh defeated India. They may have beaten India in the T20 World Cup for the first time in 2016 if MS Dhoni had not kept composed in the latter stages of the game.
To beat India in the group stage, Bangladesh needed two runs off three deliveries. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, on the other hand, both lost wickets when attempting a big shot.
It came down to two runs off a single delivery. If the batsman missed the delivery, MS Dhoni remained calm and focused on removing the bails at the striker’s end.
Shuvagata Hom missed a delivery from Hardik Pandya outside off. As India overcame Bangladesh by one run, Dhoni dashed quickly and ran out non-striker Mustafizur Rahman.