One of The Best Captains of All Time. In 2007, MS Dhoni started his new innings as a captain from the ICC T20 World Cup. In his very first ICC World Cup, India won the title and Dhoni became a star. The win in the final against Pakistan has paved the way for Dhoni to become the Indian captain in all formats of the game. After this, MSD led the Indian team for almost a decade and gave India a title victory in the ICC World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
Today, we will take a look at Dhoni’s five records as captain, who make him one of the best captains of all time. Please have a look….
#5. Clean sweep in Australia
Indian team visited Australia in 2016 under the leadership of MS Dhoni. In this tour, India had clean swept 3-0 in the T20I series. However, in this series, the Australian captain won all the toss, but the Indian team won all the matches.
Earlier, after losing the ODI series 4-1, Team India returned and took possession of the T20I Series.
#4. Captain in most international matches
MS Dhoni has led India in 332 international matches as captain. This is the highest number of matches captained by any player in international cricket. Under Dhoni’s leadership, India won 178 matches out of these 332 matches and lost to 120, while 21 matches were tied up.
MS Dhoni has 53.77% of the winning percentage as Captain, and he is in the third position after Ricky Ponting (67.90%), and Graeme Smith (56.99%), in this case (captaining his team in 200 or more matches).
#3. Highest number of T20I match won
MS Dhoni has made an unmatched record of most victories in the T20 International matches as captain. He led India in 72 T20I matches and won 41 of them.
Apart from this, Dhoni is also the first captain to win 150 T20I matches (this includes T20 leagues). He has achieved this achievement by winning the title in IPL 2018 for his franchise team Chennai Super Kings.
#2. Second most match wins in foreign soil
MS Dhoni is India’s best captain in the ODI matches played in foreign countries. In the captaincy of Dhoni, the Indian team has recorded a record 67 matches win on foreign soil. In this case only Australia captain Ricky Ponting is ahead of him, under whose leadership Australia has won 104 ODIs in foreign tours.
#1. The only captain to win all three major ICC Tournaments
MS Dhoni is the only captain in the world, who has won his ICC World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and ICC T20 World Cup. Under Dhoni’s leadership, India won the ICC T20 World Cup on September 24, 2007, ICC World Cup on April 2, 2011 and on June 23, 2013 India won the ICC Champions Trophy. MS Dhoni was the ‘Man of the Match’ in the ICC World Cup 2011 final. He had played an unbeaten 91 * and made India a world champion in his style by hitting the six out of the park.
Hence, all the above facts prove that MS Dhoni is One of The Best Captains of All Time.