Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the only captain to win all the three major ICC tournaments - 2007 World T20 Cup, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy is turning 37 today (July 7). The Jharkhand Dynamite is one of the most successful captains of all time due to his staggering win percentage.
MS Dhoni's form in the IPL 2018 can be aptly related to the statement which he made in the past- 'I am like a vintage wine which tastes better with the passage of time'. The CSK (Chennai Super Kings) team has earned the title after a 2-year ban under the captaincy of MSD.
The wicket-keeper batsman has performed brilliantly with the bat in this particular edition of the cash-rich league by scoring 455 runs with a strike rate of 150.
On his 37th birthday, we EeYuva take the privilege to exemplify the legendary player's mark in Indian cricket.
Dhoni's Approach Towards The Game
Keeping emotions in check and saving his emotional energy were the biggest positives about this ultimate match finisher.
Dhoni is always calm and never shows his frustration. The biggest mystery is how he controls the Adrenaline rush. For this extraordinary feature, he is named Mr Cool (Captain Cool).
MSD can be purely labelled as a brave gambler and as the saying “fortune favours the brave”, the decisions pay off 9 out of 10 times.
With Dhoni in action, the opponents don't know what's coming up...he can choke them by a masterstroke. Just like in T20 World Cup final by giving the last over to Joginder Sharma.
Likewise in World Cup '11 final, where Mahi knew he had in form Yuvraj Singh in the line, but came up the order and the rest is history.
Ultimate Match Finisher
MS Dhoni with his trademark bottom handed solid punches and whacks turned out to be the best ODI finisher of the world with a strike rate of 90+ and average of 50+.
If Dhoni plays till the end, one thing will be sure that he will make his team win. Moreover, If 15 runs are needed off the last over, the pressure will be on the bowler, not on MS Dhoni, such is his impact.
Dhoni’s Legacy And Aura
Dhoni is the only player to captain a country in six editions of the World T20. It was under his captaincy that India climbed to No. 1 in the ICC Test rankings in December 2009.
Dhoni captained India in 331 matches, which is the most by any player across all formats. He surpassed Ricky Ponting’s tally of 324 matches.
This wicket-keeper batsman led India in six finals of limited-over tournaments and won four of them, which is the joint most by any captain for a team.
Dhoni won 110 ODI matches as a captain, which is the second most by any player next to Ponting's 165 ODI wins. After Dhoni, the next best is Mohammad Azharuddin (90) for India.
Moreover, Dhoni is the third Indian cricketer to play 500 international games after Sachin Tendulkar (664) and Rahul Dravid (509).
World Cup 2011 Finals: Innings Of His Life
Before the final match, Dhoni has managed only just 150 runs in seven innings. Seemingly out of form, the captain stepped up on the biggest stage to play calculating innings and the helicopter shot from the Jharkhand Dynamite at the Wankhede on April 02, 2011 made the dream of 28 years come true. The final that defined the legacy of Dhoni.
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
In this movie, a dialogue goes like this "Ticket Collector se badi cheez kya ho sakti hai?" (What can be bigger than a Ticket Collector ) by Pan Singh - father of Mahi. But over the years, he showed the world what he is capable of.
According to recent speculations, the good news is that Sushant Singh Rajput starrer MS Dhoni - The Untold Story is all set to get a sequel.
Destiny: Dhoni's passion and love for the game made him the “Trophy Collector- Match Winner.”
Happy Birthday Mahi. And by the way, greetings for your 8-year celebrations of togetherness with Sakshi (Marriage day on July 04).