Mahender Singh Dhoni is a former captain of Indian Cricket Team. He captained Indian team in limited overs format from 2007 to 2016 and in test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He played for Indian team as a wicketkeeper and a right hand batsman. MS is one of the most talented player in Indian team. Dhoni holds various records regarding his captaincy as well as regarding his batting. He is also known as the best finisher of the Indian Cricket Team. This post is all about the top finishes by MS Dhoni in the international cricket.
Dhoni is one of the best wicketkeeper, Captain and batsman of India. He set numerous records in all three fields. He is consider as a best finisher throughout the World. Here are top match finishes by MS Dhoni.
183* runs vs. Sri-Lanka
On 31st October 2005, the 3rd ODI between India and Sri-Lanka at Jaipur. The toss was won by Sri-Lankans and elected to bat first. The two openers of Sri- Lankans were Kumar Sangakara and Sanath Jayasuriya. Kumar Sangakara scored explosive 138 runs for Sri-Lanka which help Sri-Lanka to reach 298 runs by losing just four wickets.
Sangakara score 138 runs in 147 balls with the strike rate of 93.87. In this innings he hit 13 boundaries and 2 sixes.
In the second innings, the opener from India were Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar . India loses there first wicket very early. Sachin scores only 2 runs which was unexpected from Indian fans. Rahul Dravid promotes MS Dhoni up to the order, Dhoni came at no. 3 that day and he played unexpectedly. India were left chasing modest 51 runs off 86 balls.
MS Dhoni scored 183* runs in just 145 balls with the strike rate of 126.20. He hit 15 boundaries and 10 sixes in that innings which help India to won that match by 6 wickets. This innings was one of the top finishes by MS Dhoni.
91* runs vs. Sri-Lanka
On 2 April 2011, the final of ICC World Cup between India and Sri-Lanka at Wankhede. The toss was won by Sri-Lanka and elected to bat first. Upul Tharanga and Dilshan start the innings for Sri-Lanka. Mahela Jayawardene was the highest scorer from the Sri-Lankan side.
Jayawardene score 103 runs in just 88 balls with the strike rate of 117.04. He hit 13 boundaries which help Sri-Lanka to reach 274 runs by losing 6 wickets.
In the second innings, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar start the innings. In this high pressure final, India loses Sehwag and Sachin early. Gambhir and Virat took the innings ahead but Kohli also loses his wicket by scoring 35 runs.
Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni were become the two pillars of India in that match. They both take the inning of India ahead. They both played massively that night. Gambhir lost his wicket on 97, but the damage was done. At the end India need 4 runs in 11 balls and Dhoni finishes it off in his style by hitting six. This inning is another top finishes by MS Dhoni.
MS Dhoni scores 91* runs in just 79 balls with the strike rate of 115.18. He hit 8 boundaries and 2 sixes in that innings which help India to lift up the World Cup after 28 years.
45* vs. Sri-Lanka
The another match between India and Sri-Lanka. Dhoni won the the toss and choose to field first on a difficult track at Port of Spain. Kumar Sangakara lead Sri-Lanka to 201 runs, which was not an wasy score to chase for the Indian batsman on that tricky track.
From the Indian side Rohit score 58 runs but the rest of the batsman went down like a pack of cards. The runrate increasing ball by ball. It seems difficult for Indian team to chase down 201 runs. MS Dhoni build his innings.
In the last over India need 15 runs, which is not an easy task for MS Dhoni on that tricky pitch. Shaminda Eranga was the bowler, the first ball of the last over was dot which build more pressure on MS. On the very next ball Dhoni sent the ball to the top tier of the stadium and on the 3rd ball of the last over he went through off side and hit another boundary. At last India need 5 runs in 3 balls and Dhoni again finishes off in his style by hitting six. It is another top finishes by MS Dhoni.
44* runs vs. Australia
The match between India and Australia at Adelaide, Australia won the toss and choose to bat first. David Warner and Ricky Ponting was the two openers. Autralia scores 269 runs by losing 8 wickets. David Hussey scored 72 runs in 76 balls.
In the second innings Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag was the two openers. Gambhir scored 92 runs in 111 balls.
In the last over India need 13 runs for the victory and Clarke set up the field for Ashwin. Mackay was the bowler. On the first ball Ashwin goes across and tries to whamp it over short fine leg but missed it, on second ball Ashwin mistimes the shot to midwicket but get the single. Now Dhoni was on strike, on the 3rd ball Dhoni hits a six, picking up length delivery and carts it high over long on. India need 6 runs in 3 balls. MS get caught on slip but it was declared high waist no ball by the umpire which gave two runs to the Indian team. On the 4th ball Dhoni pulls slower ball and get three runs which help India to finish that match by remaining to balls. This finish is another top finishes by MS Dhoni.
77* runs vs. Pakistan
On 19 Feb 2006, the match between India and Pakistan. The two openers from Pakistan was Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat. Pakistan scored 286 runs by losing 8 wickets. Younis Khan scored 74 runs in 79 balls.
In the second innings, Gambhir and Rahul Dravid was the opener . Yuvraj Singh was the highest run scorer from India. He score 107 runs in just 93 balls. Dhoni was the match finisher of this game. MS scores 77* runs in the match, the partnership between Yuvraj and Dhoni help India to win this match match.
India need 14 runs in remaining 5 overs but Dhoni wants it to complete in 46th over. On the very first ball of 46th over Yuvraj took single, on the next ball dhoni missed out to make contact with ball. On the next two balls Dhoni hit consecutive sixes which help to tie the score and on the next ball dhoni took single which help India to won that match. Again Dhoni finishes off in his style and It is another top finishes by MS Dhoni.