MS Dhoni is one of the greatest captains in India’s history. He is only captain to win all three major ICC trophies so far.
Under the captaincy of newly appointed captain MS Dhoni, the young Indian team won the inaugural edition of the ICC World T20 2007 played in South Africa. India defeated Pakistan by just 5 runs in a thrilling to win the first edition. Seniors players like Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid did not want to go.
The team had less experience of playing T20I cricket. India and Pakistan qualified from the Group Stage. Despite losing to New Zealand in the first match of Super Eight stage, India came back strongly to defeat England and South Africa to qualify for the semi-finals stage.
Thanks to all-round performance, India defeated a strong Australian side to move into the finals. Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma rose to the occasion and made vital contributions.
Under his captaincy, India won the World Cup after a gap of 28 years defeating Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup finals played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 2nd April. He also led India to a thrilling win in the 2013 Champions Trophy title beating hosts England in a rain curtailed 20 overs match.
He also led India to the number 1 rankings in Test matches. MS Dhoni led India in 60 matches winning 27, 18 losses and 15 draws. Under his captaincy, the Indian team could not perform overseas especially Australia, England, and New Zealand.
“To be very honest Dhoni was very very calm and used to think two steps ahead of the opponent and he was always a thinking captain. He was a mixture of Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. Ganguly used to give players the confidence and he was the one who changed the mentality of the Indian team.”
“MS Dhoni was one of the calmest persons on the field. He gave ample chances and helped them succeed. He decided to retire from captaincy in Test cricket during the 2014/15 3rd Test at Melbourne.”
Since the past few years, MS Dhoni has been struggling with the bat. He played his last international match against New Zealand in 2019 World Cup. The veteran player has kept everybody on toes regarding his retirement. His contribution to Indian Cricket has been immense.