MS Dhoni is one of the most “loved” cricketers in the history of Indian cricket. From an explosive batsman with long, brown hair to one of the most successful captains in the history of the game, MS Dhoni has achieved great heights in the game of cricket. Dhoni, who is known for his ‘cool and calm’ approach on the field, is one of the best finishers in limited-overs cricket. After winnings the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, MS Dhoni completed a remarkable cycle of triumphs which started with the T20 World Cup in 2007. India also won the 2011 ODI World Cup under his leadership. No other captain in international cricket has won three major ICC trophies.
The Cricket Lounge’s Vaibhav Sharma lists 8 reasons why MS Dhoni is one of the greatest gifts for Indian cricket.
1) One of the best finishers in the history of the game
MS Dhoni is one of the best finishers in the history of cricket. His ability to stay cool under pressure and win matches for India is nothing less than extraordinary.
2) MS Dhoni’s ability to maintain zen-like calm in every situation
We all know, MS Dhoni is cooler than ice!
3) There is only one thing that MS Dhoni can’t do and that is- NOTHING
Batting, wicketkeeping, captaining, bowling…! Is there anything that this man can’t do?
4) MS Dhoni always encourages new talent
As a captain, MS Dhoni has always backed young talent by giving them a fair run in the team. The likes of Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay, flourished under MS Dhoni’s captaincy.
5) MS Dhoni is a gambler!
Nobody gave an unknown Joginder Sharma a chance to play for India but Dhoni tossed him the ball in the final over of the World T20 final against Pakistan. We all remember what happened next! “In the air…Sreesanth takes it”
6) MS Dhoni always plays the game in the most gentlemanly manner!
Dhoni is the proud winner of Spirit of Cricket Award along with the first ever AIPS Fairplay Award in 2011. Who can forget the moment when he recalled Ian Bell in a Test match against England, when he was declared run out by the umpire.
7) MS Dhoni is India’s most successful captain in all formats of the game
8) Last but not the least, MS Dhoni dreams of serving the country even after retiring from cricket
MS Dhoni holds the post of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the parachute regiment of Indian military and plans to get more involved with them after retiring from his cricketing duties.