On 7th July 1981, one of Indian cricket’s most iconic batsman and captain was born in Bihar. MS Dhoni has seen his share of good and bad times on and off the pitch but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that when he retires from all formats of the game, he will leave as an absolute legend of the game. Today on this enigmatic cricketer’s 35th birthday we count some of his most emphatic moments on the pitch.
#5 India vs Pakistan – 2005
On 5th of April 2005 Dhoni scored his first ODI century against Pakistan in Vishakapatnam. He scored 148 off 123 deliveries with 15 fours and 4 sixes. His score of 148 surpassed the previous highest runs scored by an Indian wicket keeper. He was declared man of the match and Dhoni went on to break the record again before the end of the year.
#4 India vs Australia – 2008
On 17th of January 2008 he became the first Indian wicket-keeper to effect five international dismissals in an innings against Australia thereby equaling Adam Gilchrist’s record. India went on to celebrate their first ever win at the WACA in Perth.
#3 India vs Sri Lanka – 2005
On 31st October 2005 Dhoni scored his highest ODI score of 183 runs(not out) at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur, India. His score of 183* is currently on the fifteenth spot in the list of all-time highest ODI scores. He was declared the man of the match and it is still remembered as the best innings played by a batsman in that stadium.
#2 India vs England – 2013
In June 2013, when India defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy in England, Dhoni became the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20). This achievement encompasses the success Dhoni has had as the captain of the Indian cricket team.
#1 India vs Sri Lanka – 2007
Though the previous fact gives us a clear picture of the cake that is Dhoni’s career, India’s 2011 World Cup triumph is the cherry on that cake. He hit an unbeaten 91 from 79 to balls in the final against Sri Lanka to steer India to a World cup win after 28 years of wait. It was perhaps the best moment for the genY cricket fanatics of the nation.
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