The ‘captain cool’ of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is also known as one of the best finishers of limited over cricket. Be it One Day International or be it Twenty20 cricket, until and unless Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not out than no team in the world can guarantee its victory and take a rest. Before Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it was Australia’s Michael Bevan, who used to have this best finisher’s tag. With due respect to Michael Bevan’s capability and also achievements, Dhoni is even one step further when it comes to finishing the game on his own. Not to forget that he has been a wicket keeper and a captain also which Bevan was not and captaining an Indian cricket side is no joke.
We at the ‘Sportycious’ have carved out five of the best innings Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ever played in the One Day International cricket. Take a look at those innings and give your views.
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91* Vs Sri Lanka at Mumbai (2011 World Cup Final)
Chasing a total of 277 was never going to be easy and that too in a World Cup final. As soon as the Indian openers took guard the statement looked correct. Both the Indian openers, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag got out cheaply by the Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga in the early overs. Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli then joined to gather and put on 81 runs partnership as well, but that wasn’t enough. After the departure of Virat Kohli, with everyone’s surprise, Dhoni came out to bat and not the inform Yuvraj Singh, who later adjudged Man of the series. First with Gambhir and later with Yuvraj, Dhoni build up two big partnerships. He was very slow to start with but later put on his foot on the accelerator and started taking runs at his will. By hitting Nuwan Kulasekara with a huge six over long-on Dhoni sealed the world cup for India after the wait of 28 long years.