Top Seven Achievements of M S Dhoni

1. Only Captain to win all major ICC trophies

By winning the Champions Trophy in 2013 by defeating England in the finals, Dhoni became the first and the only captain so far to have all the 3 major ICC trophies under his kitty. He led India to victory against arch-rivals Pakistan in the 2007 ICC T20I tournament and also against Sri-Lanka in the ICC 2011 WC Final on home soil. This also makes him one of the most successful captain ever.

2. Behind the Stumps

He also holds the records for most wicket-keeper dismissals and stumpings in the IPL. Also, he has the most stumpings in ODIs at 123. His fastest stumping was just 0.08 secs when he stumped Australian captain George Bailey off Ravindra Jadeja. He is the first Indian wicket-keeper to take 300 ODI catches and fourth wicket-keeper in the world to achieve the feat.

3.Led CSK to a mammoth 3 title victories

Under his captaincy, he has led CSK to the play-offs every time they played the tournament. And also played the finals for a record 8 times, winning in 3 of them. This makes CSK the second most successful team in IPL history just behind Mumbai Indians (MI) having won the tournament 4 times. Just as the finisher he’s known for, he has a record of 564 runs in total batting in the 20th over.

4.Dhoni in T20I’s

He is the first player to score 1000 runs in the T20Is. He has not only played the most number of T20I matches as a captain, but also has the most number of wicket keeper catches in the same. He has also won 41 T20I matches as a captain, which is the highest so far. He has a unique record of winning most of the tosses in the T20Is.

5.Dhoni in Test Matches

Making his Debut in Test Captaincy in 2009, he holds the record for winning matches at streak, taking India to the #1 spot in the Test Rankings for 18 months. He also has the maximum dismissals (294) by an Indian wicketkeeper. 224 by him is the highest individual score by a wicketkeeper-captain. He is the first Indian Captain to complete 10,000 runs (all formats included) in international cricket.

6.Awards and Accolades

a.2007-08: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award b.2008,2009: ICC ODI Player of the Year c.2009: Padna Shri Award d.2018: Padma Bhushan Award e.2006,08,09,10,11,12,13,14: ICC World ODI XI f.2009,10,13: ICC World Test XI

7. The 2011 WC

On the 2nd April, 2011 history was made as India became the first country to host and win the WC tournament on home soil. Playing against Sri Lanka, India had a target of 275 in 50 overs. On the winning path, India lost Sehwag on the second ball and Sachin Tendulkar too got out in a short span. Dhoni promoted himself up the order and the duo of him and Gambhir stiched a partnership of 109. Gambhir got out at 97 and then eventually, when India needed 4 of 11, Dhoni hit one of the most iconic helicopter shot for six off Nuwan Kulasekara, sealing the name on the trophy with the words of Ravi Shastri “Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years!”

AUTHOR

Chetan Gawale