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21 Landmark Feats Of MS Dhoni You Will Never Forget


January 5th, 2017   |   Updated on February 26th, 2024

In a surprise move, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down as the captain of the Indian ODI and T20I cricket teams. Earlier, Dhoni had suddenly quit Test captaincy during the Australia tour in 2014 in Melbourne.

Dhoni has been India’s most successful captain. Under his leadership India have won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and also reached the top of the Test rankings in 2009. Dhoni has always relied on his instincts while making decisions, both on and off the field.

Let’s have a look into how the numbers stack for Dhoni while leading India:

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Feats under MS Dhoni’s captaincy



1. Promoted to number 3 in the batting order as a pinch-hitter, Dhoni proved he was capable of playing more than just a cameo. 15 fours and 4 sixes in his knock of 148 left Pakistan stunned


2. MS Dhoni took on Shoaib Akhtar in a scintillating counter-attack as the ball flew to all parts of the ground at Faisalabad.His 148 included 19 fours and 4 massive sixes



3. MS Dhoni led from the front, his decisions were hailed as strokes of tactical genius and India beat old nemesis Pakistan in the final to win the inaugural World T20.



4. Having replaced Anil Kumble as India’s Test captain, Dhoni celebrated the occasion by securing a 1-0 series victory in New Zealand.



5. ICC TEST CAPTAIN: With India having reached the number one position in Tests, It wasn’t a surprise when MS Dhoni was named as the captain of the World XI during the ICC Awards, 2010.



6. MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) finally became the champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL).



7. Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to a double in 2010. They beat Mumbai Indians (MI) in the final of the IPL



8. 2011 WORLD CUP: The ultimate triumph, India became the world champions after a gap of 28 years. Led astutely by MS Dhoni, India beat Sri Lanka in the final in front of raucous home crowd in Mumbai. The skipper led from the front, promoting himself to number five, and then made an unbeaten 91.


9. FIRST DOUBLE TON: Dhoni knew India needed a big performance at home against Australia. The skipper took on the challenge and blasted his first ever Test double ton at Chennai. His knock included 24 fours and 6 sixes.



10. 2013 CHAMPIONS TROPHY: Having been mauled by England in 2011, not many gave India a chance to do well in the 2013 Champions Trophy.



11. 331 Matches captained by Dhoni across formats is the most by any player. He went past Ricky Ponting’s 324 matches during the T20Is against Zimbabwe in June 2016.




12. 1 MS Dhoni is the only player to captain 50 or more matches in each format. He captained India in 60 Tests, 199 ODIs and 72 T20Is.



13. 110 ODIs won by Dhoni as captain. Only Ricky Ponting (165 wins in 230 ODIs) has won more as captain in ODIs.



14. 8 Test playing sides against which Dhoni has won bilateral ODI series. Interestingly, the only side he has not beaten is Bangladesh, against whom he lost 1-2 in 2015.



15. 43 ODI series played by India under Dhoni. The captains who have led in more series are Arjuna Ranatunga (51), Stephen Fleming (49) and Ponting (48).


16. Dhoni is the only wicketkeeper to lead a side in more than 100 matches across formats, 255 ahead of the next placed Mushfiqur Rahim (76). The next most by a wicketkeeper in each of the formats is 23 each by Mushfiqur in Tests and T20Is, and 46 by Andy Flower in ODIs.



17. Dhoni was the fifth player to captain India in more than 100 international matches. 331 matches by him is 110 more than the next placed Mohammad Azharuddin.




18. 1112 runs scored by Dhoni in T20Is is the most by a captain. He was also the first captain to the 1000-run landmark and only Faf du Plessis (1003) has reached the milestone since.



19. 6633 runs scored by Dhoni is ODIs while leading is the second most for a player after Ponting’s 8497 runs. Among the 64 captains with at least 1000 runs in 50-over cricket, Dhoni’s average of 53.92 is the second only to AB de Villiers’ 65.92.



20. 126 sixes hit by Dhoni in 171 innings is the most by a captain in ODIs, ahead of 123 by Ponting (220 innings). Dhoni went past the record during his innings of 80 against New Zealand in Mohali in his last series as captain.


21. Dhoni is the first and only captain to win all the three ICC Trophies – World T20 in 2007, 50-over World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013.

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