End of the Dhoni era

By Bet Barter

August 31, 2020

Indian cricket has given many great players to the world. However, out of the many, a few have gone to the top of the fame in the cricket world. M.S. Dhoni, the former Indian team captain, is one of those players who has evolved cricket in India and made a very long-lasting impression. Dhoni is the former captain wicket-keeper batsman of the Indian team. He is known for his lower-order batting with an impressive strike rate. Regarded as the most successful captain across all formats, he has raised the bar very high for any international captain.

On 15th August 2020, he announced retirement from all forms of an international career and the whole nation was in shock. Many cried seeing the end of an era. Let’s discuss why all cricket fans around the world loved MS Dhoni.

Into the National side

MS Dhoni had a promising and short domestic career. He played many crucial innings for Jharkhand in the lower order, and this attracted many selectors. He is select in the national side as a wicket-keeper batsman to ease the pressure on Rahul Dravid, who was the then permanent wicket-keeper. Dhoni played his debut ODI and Test match in 2004 and 2005 respectively. He made a mark in an international career when he scored 148 against Pakistan. The most significant breakthrough in his career came when, in 2005, Dhoni scored 183 off 145 in a pressure situation. This was the highest ODI score ever.

The Captain Cool

The recently-retired cricketer was the captain of the Indian team since the 2007 T20 World Cup. This was his first big victory as he led India to win the trophy. The years following 2007 were the peak of his career, and he broke many records. MSD was named ICC ODI Player of the Year for two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009. His impressive batting at an average of 70 took him to the top of the ICC ODI best batsman list.

Biggest achievements

MSD led India to its second world cup win after 28 years. After having an average tournament, he moved himself up in batting order after India lost three imp wickets. He played a crucial 91 not out. And hit the most celebrated six of all time on the last ball of the match. He was named man of the match in the finals.

In 2013, India won the Champions trophy. He was also named eight times for ICC’s World ODI XI. The relaxed and calm behavior of Dhoni renowned in the world. The void created by MSD can’t be filled quickly by any player.  

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