5 best knocks of MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni is one of the greatest captains of India. He was groomed by Ganguly, and filled up his shoes once he retired. However, despite being a great tactician, Dhoni was also a fine batsman. His immense batting talent is sometimes overshadowed by his brilliant captaincy. However, we have complied a list of Top 5 batting performances of MS Dhoni.

1. 224 vs Australia at Chennai in 2013

This particular innings by Dhoni established him as one of the finest wicket-keeper batsman in Test cricket. As he was the first Indian wicket keeper to achieve a double hundred in the red ball format.

He played aggressively, as if it was an ODI match, and thrashed the Australian bowlers all around the field. This knock proved to be a game-changing one for India. As he saved the team single-handedly from a precarious situation and ultimately led them to victory. Overall, it was an exceptional performance from a player of Dhoni’s caliber.

Captain Cool

2. 183* (not out) vs Sri Lanka at Jaipur in 2005

During this innings, MS Dhoni displayed his outstanding finishing skills and went on to register his highest ODI score. India were chasing a daunting 299 runs. Dhoni was promoted up the order and walked in to bat at number 3. He immediately took the attack to the Sri Lankan bowlers and smashed a record 10 sixes, the most by an Indian batsman at the time. It was a coming of age innings for Dhoni, he established himself as a superstar in world cricket and became a player feared by other teams. India won the match with 23 balls to spare, which was a testament to Dhoni’s match-winning abilities.

3. 91* vs Sri Lanka at Mumbai in 2011

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has played numerous remarkable innings in his cricketing career, but none was as significant as his classic performance in the final of the 2011 World Cup. His iconic six to secure the Cup for India will forever be etched in the memories of every Indian cricket fan. Dhoni had not had a great tournament up to that point, and his decision to promote himself ahead of Yuvraj Singh in the final raised few eyebrows, but he had his reasons. He attacked both the spinners and fast bowlers with equal aggression, and the scoreboard kept ticking. This innings elevated his status and turned him into a legend of the game. It also cemented his place in the list of most successful captains of all time.

World Cup Winning Six

4. 148 vs Pakistan at Visakhapatnam in 2005

This innings proved to be the turning point in MS Dhoni’s career as it catapulted him to instant fame and recognition. It was a challenging time for him as he was struggling with form, but he rose to the occasion and played a blistering knock against Pakistan in Pakistan.

He attacked the formidable Pakistan attack from ball one and scored an incredible century, smashing 148 in 123 balls. This innings announced his arrival on the world stage, and he never looked back from that point onwards.

5. 113* vs Pakistan at Chennai in 2012

Although this innings did not result in a victory, it showcased the dependable side of MS Dhoni. During the match, the Indian team was struggling at 29-5, and from that precarious situation, Dhoni patiently built the innings.

MS Dhoni against Pakistan

As the innings progressed, he started hitting boundaries and sixes, eventually helping India post a respectable total of 227. This innings demonstrated that Dhoni is a capable all-rounder with the bat, and it is considered one of the best innings played by a number 7 batsman in ODIs.

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  1. Ahhhhhh…… that 2011 WC Final innings, Mahi proved that he is a legend, promoting himself up the order and that too in a WC final which is in your own country in front of your own people, has its own pressure, but he rose to the occasion. And that six <3 <3 <3