7 Best Knocks Of MS Dhoni In International Cricket

MS Dhoni, considered to be one of India’s cricketing legends, climbed to fame around the world with his solid leadership style, leading India to sweeping victories in the T20 World Cup 2007, the ICC World Cup 2011, and the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, making him the only captain to win all three prestigious ICC tournaments.

MS Dhoni, considered to be one of India’s cricketing legends, climbed to fame around the world with his solid leadership style, leading India to sweeping victories in the T20 World Cup 2007, the ICC World Cup 2011, and the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, making him the only captain to win all three prestigious ICC tournaments.

MS Dhoni’s legacy with the bat remains forever

Dhoni’s rise on the global scene was distinguished by his violent hitting, but his batting style changed dramatically when he took over the captaincy in ODIs. Dhoni, known for his savvy running between the wickets, calm demeanour, and distinctive power-hitting abilities, established himself as one of cricket’s most formidable wicketkeeper-batsmen.

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MS Dhoni’s ODI career is peppered with numerous accomplishments. With a staggering 10,773 runs in 350 matches, he became the fastest wicketkeeper in history to join the exclusive 10,000-run club. His ODI score includes 73 half-centuries and 10 centuries, with an average of 50.58, demonstrating his incredible consistency.

The versatile cricketer’s record in Test matches is as impressive, having scored 4,876 runs in 90 games, including six hundred and 33 fifties. Dhoni’s dominance extended to T20s, where he scored 1,617 runs in 98 appearances, with a good strike rate of 126.1 and two fifties.

After Sachin Tendulkar, he emerged as a unifying force for Indian cricket fans, assuring nail-biting thrillers till the final ball.

Let’s take a look at the top 7 best knocks of MS Dhoni in international cricket

  1. ICC World Cup 2011 Final vs Sri Lanka: 91* 

7 Best Knocks Of MS Dhoni In International Cricket
MS Dhoni

Dhoni’s most memorable knock came in the key 2011 ICC World Cup Final. Despite a mediocre performance throughout the competition, he made the audacious choice to climb up the batting order in this dramatic clash. Chasing a difficult target of 275, India reached 114/3 in 22 overs.

Following Virat Kohli’s dismissal at 35, Dhoni entered the field. He brilliantly opposed Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and formed an important combination with Gautam Gambhir, bringing India back into the game. Dhoni then sealed the World Cup with a winning six off Nuwan Kulasekara, ending India’s 28-year wait for the championship. The Indian captain’s heroics came to the fore when they were most required, as his amazing, unbeaten 91-run innings off just 79 balls awarded him Player of the Match in the final.

  1. India vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI (2005): 148*

MS Dhoni’s debut in international cricket was during the 2005 series against Pakistan. After a humble start to his ODI career, which included being out for a duck on his debut, the great stumper was abruptly elevated to No. 3 in his fifth ODI after Sachin Tendulkar was out in the fourth over. This tactical play by Ganguly paved the way for a great innings.

Dhoni opened with Virender Sehwag in a thrilling 96-run stand. He then formed a 149-run partnership with Rahul Dravid, with his explosive contribution of 99 off 76, as India produced a huge total of 356/9, posing an impossible challenge to Pakistan and concluding in a clear 58-run victory for India. Dhoni finished unbeaten on 148 of 123 balls, including 15 fours and four maximums.

  1. India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI (2005): 183*

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MS Dhoni

Dhoni made his greatest ODI total, a brilliant 183 not out off 145 balls, just six months after scoring his first tonne. Sri Lanka posted a solid 298-run total in the third match in a seven-game series, despite India’s 2-0 advantage. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene both scored centuries.

The Indian innings began on a risky note with Sachin Tendulkar’s early departure. Dhoni, unfazed, strode onto the pitch and produced a batting masterclass. His blazing performance, which included 15 fours and 10 sixes, demolished Sri Lanka’s bowling assault.

  1. India vs Australia, 2nd ODI (2009): 124

Dhoni delivered an incredible performance in the second match of India’s seven-match series against Australia in Nagpur, which proved to be a turning point in the series. India, losing 1-0, really needed a win, and Dhoni’s outstanding effort helped them even the series. The Indian veteran’s knock was a masterclass in aggressive yet calculated batting.

Dhoni showed incredible technique and poise, scoring 124 runs off just 107 deliveries, including nine fours and three sixes. Throughout his innings, the then-Indian captain created key partnerships with Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina, who both contributed heavily to India’s total. With Dhoni’s outstanding batting performance, India set a difficult target of 354 runs for Australia.

  1. India vs Sri Lanka: Caribbean Tri-Series Final (2013): 45

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Dhoni’s unforgettable last-over heroics in the Celkon Cup final against Sri Lanka in 2013 created a thrilling climax that is still cherished by fans. Dhoni entered the crease when India was in a favourable position, with Rohit Sharma already well-set and the target of 202 runs within reach. Little did anyone anticipate the dramatic turn of events that was about to unfold. India, despite their strong start, suffered a dramatic collapse, stumbling from 139/3 to a precarious 182/9.

  1. India vs Australia, 1st Test (2013): 224

In the first Test of the four-match series against Australia in Chennai, Dhoni delivered a remarkable double century, saving India from a precarious position of 196/4 in response to Australia’s 380. Taking command alongside Virat Kohli, Dhoni forged a crucial 128-run stand for the fifth wicket, steadying the Indian ship in the face of an aggressive Australian bowling assault.

As the innings progressed, the Indian captain showed his determination by building an incredible 140-run stand with lower-order batsman Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the ninth wicket, helping India reach 572 and completing his double tonne. His innings included 24 boundaries and six maximums.\

  1. India vs Pakistan, 1st ODI (2012): 113*

Dhoni exhibited his resilience and calmness as he single-handedly saved India from a terrible start. After losing the toss, India batted first and found themselves in severe difficulty at 29-5. Recognising the situation, Dhoni took command and guided a spectacular comeback. Playing with the lower order, he ensured India batted the entire 50 overs, demonstrating a masterclass in batting under duress.

Dhoni’s innings was nothing short of amazing, as he scored an unbroken 113 runs off 125 balls. With a combination of strategic aggression and measured stroke selection, he led India to a solid total. Despite his heroics, Pakistan managed to chase down the target with 11 balls remaining, resulting in an Indian defeat.

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