HomeCricket DialecticsIs MS Dhoni the greatest-ever captain?    

Is MS Dhoni the greatest-ever captain?    

Is MS Dhoni the greatest-ever captain?

Is MS Dhoni the greatest-ever captain, Some call him a terrific batsman, others the best wicketkeeper, many the greatest finisher, and everyone the GOAT leader; his name is MS Dhoni.  

MS Dhoni needs no introduction in world cricket. What he has done for his country as a batter and leader will be remembered for ages.  

His first impression in world cricket was of an orthodox batter with a unique style of play, who loves to hit the ball extremely hard and only believes in dealing in boundaries.  

Dhoni made his India debut in 2004 and in no time became the important part of the Indian cricket team.  

The biggest turnaround of his career was in 2007, when he was announced as the captain of team India for the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup 2007.  

Playing in their first match of the tournament, India found themselves in deep trouble after losing 4 wickets at 36, then the skipper came in and played an innings saving knock of 31-ball 33 to guide the men in blue ton 141.  

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It was a historic game not because as it was an India vs Pakistan clash, but the match was ended in a tie after a full 40-over game.  

The winner of the game was then decided with a unique ball out competition, which India won. 

Dhoni’s crucial knock in that match helped India to top the points table of Group D and qualified for the Super 8s stage.  

The right-handed batter then played cameos in next games, as his 8-ball 10* against England, 33-ball 45* against South Africa, and a not out 18-ball 36 against Australia in the semi-final clash, made a big difference.  

India eventually won the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup after beating Pakistan by 5 runs in the finals and their ICC World Cup drought after 26 long years.  

Dhoni with his mastermind and disciplined tactics enrolled him in the list of best cricket leaders in the world of all time.  

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What India achieved in MS Dhoni’s captaincy? 

Team India not just won the first edition of the ICC T20 World Cup, but lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011, and Champions Trophy in 2013.  

While some major highlights of Dhoni as India captain include a CB series 2008 win in Australia, Asia Cup 2010 and 2016 titles, ICC test mace in 2010 and 2011.  

Is MS Dhoni the greatest-ever captain?    

The records suggest MS Dhoni as the greatest cricket captain ever. Dhoni is the only player in the history of world cricket to win all the ICC major trophies as a captain (ICC T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup, and Champions Trophy).  

While Australia legend Ricky Ponting, who led Australia to 4 ICC trophies (2 ODI World Cup, and 2 Champions Trophy).  

The team led by Ponting has never won a knockout game against MS Dhoni’s India in ICC events.

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MS Dhoni captaincy records  

Dhoni captained team India in 332 games (Test, ODI, and T20Is combined), and has scored 11207 runs at an average of 46.89. He has struck 11 hundred and 71 half centuries during his captaincy stint. India won 178 matches in Dhoni’s captaincy.  

On top of that, Talisman has led IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to 5 IPL titles, and 2 CLT20 titles.  

TeamMatches PlayedWinsLossesDrawsTiesNo ResultsWin Percentage
India in tests60271815--45
India in ODIs19911074-41155.27
India in T20Is 724128-2156.9
Chennai Super Kings 22613391-258.85
 

Vineet Vashisht
Vineet Vashisht
Experienced News-writer and presenter with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry.

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