15th August 2020, at 19.29 hrs,
This will not be easily forgotten! The cricket world witnessed a legend making announcement about his retirement from international cricket on this day. By now, you all perhaps got the news that MS Dhoni bid adieu International Cricket with an emotional Instagram video which depicts the journey of his almost 16-year-old long International Career. MS Dhoni last was seen in India Colour in India’s World Cup Semi-Final clash against New Zealand on July 10th, 2019. Dhoni’s retirement from International Cricket also has brought to an end year-long speculation of his retirement among his fans. Besides the most successful India Captain ever, Dhoni is undoubtedly the best wicketkeeper-batsman India has ever produced. His lightning fast stumping and ability to read the game from behind the stump would surely made Dhoni a unanimous choice in India’s all-time playing XI, irrespective of any formats. Dhoni is often hailed as the best finisher ever in the world in the limited format of the game. His ability to absorb the pressure and finish the game while chasing a target has made him India’s most reliable batsman in his playing days. Dhoni is in the elite list of 5th Indian and 14th International players who have achieved the milestone of scoring more than 10,000 runs in the ODIS, even though he has batted down the order most of the time in his career, which has surely made him very special. There have been numerous occasions when India’s top order failed, MS Dhoni resurrected India’s innings and propelled India to a respective total. From his arrival in International scene with a blistering 148 against Pakistan to a World Cup-winning unbeaten 91, Here we selected the best 5 innings of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in India Colour:
5. 91* vs Srilanka in 2011
Chasing a stiff target of 275 in a World Cup Final in front of home crowd India was in a spot of bother when Virat Kohli fell to a leading edge to Dilshan. India was 114-3 at that time, with more than 160 runs still needed to score, the match was hung in balance.
While 130 cr Indian anticipated in form Yuvraj Singh at no 5 to everyone’s surprise it was India captain MS Dhoni who promoted himself up in the batting order. Dhoni, who had an ordinary world cup campaign with the bat till the final, played the innings of his lifetime in the most important game. Dhoni started his innings cautiously against Sri Lankan spin duo of Muthiah Muralitharan and Suraj Randiv took time to set and then unleashed his power game to put the Lankans bowling attack on the backfoot. First, with Gambhir, who also played superlative innings of 97, Dhoni played the second fiddle and stitched an important partnership of 109 runs that almost titled the game in India’s favor. After Gambhir’s dismissal, Dhoni started to open his shoulder against Sri Lankan pace trio of Malinga, Thisara Perera and Kulasekara and kept the asking rate in control. With 8 fours and 2 sixes, India captain scored an unbeaten 91 runs off 79 balls, which ensured the home side to get their hands to the elusive World Cup trophy after a long 28 years. Dhoni finishing the game with a six over mid-wicket of Kulasekara is something that Indian cricket fans will never forget and will remember it with great pride and joy in the future as well.