Mahendra Singh Dhoni: The story of India's most successful captain
Jun 24, 2013, 11:23 AM IST
New Delhi: On Sunday, cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni added another feather to his cap after leading his young brigade to India’s first Champions Trophy victory, for the first time in tournament’s history(India and Sri Lanka were joint winners in 2002).
What made the victory sweeter was that it came in hostile English conditions, where the Indian team had so abjectly been humiliated during its last tour back in 2012.
But to the credit of India’s new found pace battery led by Bhuvanesh Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, and consistent swashbuckling batting knocks by batters led by southpaw Shikhar Dhawan, India became the most poetent side of the competition. And leading it with his typical aplomb is MS Dhoni.
With the win, Dhoni is now leading the Indian side which is defending champions of both ICC World Cup and Champion’s Trophy, a feat which even awe-inspiring Australian side of early 2000s couldn’t manage.
It all started in 2007, when the Ranchi-boy led India to a T-20 world title in tournaments inaugural edition. His journey as Indai’s skipper has been a roller coaster ride since then, with ups clearly dominating over his failures.
In next few slides, we look at Dhoni’s most famous victories since he took over as reins of Indian cricket.
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The world takes notice of young Indian skipper with No. 7 jersey as he leads a side without Sachin Tendulkar to an unexpected title win.
For the first time in many years, a Indian team wins a tri-series Down Under. The find of the tournament was clearly lanky pacer Ishant Sharma, and Dhoni hasn’t let him go since.
Another quality of India’s most successful captain.
Year - 2008
Place- Mohali, India
The Indian team under Dhoni has been the prime reason for downfall of Aussies fom their pedestal. Dealing another blow after the tri-series win, India defeats Australia by record 320 runs to wrest back the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Thanks to his leadership, India becomes the No.1 test side in the world, a distinction that eluded the cricket-crazy nation for over a decade.
Place- Sri Lanka
India wins the Asia Cup title.
Place- Mumbai, India
History was made this year as World Cup came back to the cricketing powerhouse after a gap of 27 years. Dhoni was widely prasied for his math-saving knock in the final against Sri Lanka. India also became the first side to host and win the title.
Owing to its previous year’s world cup triumph and some impressive shows in ODI tournaments, India under Dhoni attained the No. 1 ranking in one-day cricket.
The present side under the leadership of MS Dhoni created another record by becoming the first Indian side to defeat Australia by 4-0 in test series.
England defeated in their own backyard as India becomes the first side in recent past to be the defending champions of both major ODI titles.