MS Dhoni is known as the best captain of the Indian cricket team. We can also say about Dhoni the Indian player who gets the most love from the fans. Dhoni will celebrate his 42nd birthday on Thursday (July 7). Against this backdrop, we are going to take a look at Dhoni’s international career. Dhoni’s stats as a captain are literally eye-popping.
Apart from Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni is the most popular cricketer of India. He played his first international match for India in 2004. He got a chance to make his debut in the ODI match against Bangladesh. He then made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2005, and after the introduction of T20 cricket in 2006, he started playing in this format as well. Dhoni led the Indian team for the first time in 2007. Under his leadership, the team managed to win the T20 World Cup in 2007, the ODI World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013. Dhoni was instrumental in winning all three ICC trophies as captain.
Dhoni played his last international match for India in August 2020 and announced his retirement through an Instagram post. Dhoni was the best captain of the Indian team and one of the greatest captains in world cricket. He had established himself as the best finisher.
Dhoni’s Test career as captain –
During Dhoni’s tenure, the Indian team played 60 Test matches and won 27 of them. The Indian team lost 18 matches, while 15 matches were drawn. His statistics in Test matches in this country can be said to be overwhelming. He won 21 Test matches for India. But Dhoni has always been criticized due to India’s lackluster performance in Sena countries (England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa).
Dhoni remains India’s second most successful captain after Virat Kohli. He became only the second Indian captain to win a Test series in New Zealand. Dhoni is also the first captain to take India to number one in the Test rankings. MS Dhoni became the fourth captain to give Australia a clean sweep in a Test series. This series was played at home and India won 4-0. Dhoni is second in the list of highest run-scorers as a captain in Test cricket.
Dhoni’s ODI Career as Captain –
Dhoni remains one of the best ODI captains in world cricket. He captained India to the highest number of 200 ODI matches for India and led the team to victory in 110 of them. India had to accept defeat in 74 ODI matches under the leadership of Dhoni. The remaining 16 matches were drawn.
Dhoni is statistically the second most successful ODI captain after Australian legend Ricky Ponting. Ponting has led Australia to victory in 165 matches. Dhoni is third in the list of leading wicket takers in ODI cricket. The first is Ponting, who has led Australia in 230 matches. Second is Stephen Fleming, who led New Zealand in 218 ODIs. Dhoni is third on the list with 200 matches.
Dhoni’s T20 career as captain –
India’s most successful T20 captain is Dhoni. He led India in 72 T20 International matches and led the team to victory in 41 of them. India lost 28 T20 International matches under his leadership. Three matches were lost. In this format, Dhoni’s team has a winning chance of 58.33.
(Statistics of MS Dhoni as captain in Test, ODI and T20 cricket)
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