Legendary Indian captain kipper is regarded as one of the most successful leaders in cricket history. The thing about all the great leaders is that they are mostly selfless. For a great leader, all personal benefits are gains come after the team’s good. Dhoni has done a lot for team India and his contribution can never be put into words.
Dhoni is regarded as one of the most selfless cricketers in the world, which is why he has loads of fans even in Pakisan. He always put his team, his country first before his self-records and this is what makes him stand apart from the audience.
Here, we bring you a list of 8 times MS Dhoni proved himself as the least selfish cricketer in the world
8. When MS Dhoni handed the captains armband to Sourav Ganguly
This is one of the most memorable moments in Indian cricket history involving two icons of the game – MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly. This happened during the 4th Test match against Australia in the year 2008, which was also the last test match of Sourav Ganguly’s test career.
MS Dhoni was the captain of team India at that time and India had nearly won the game as only 1 wicket was left. However, at that time, MS Dhoni convinced Sourav Ganguly for one last time, making his retirement even more special.
7. When Dhoni summoned Kohli to collect the Celkon Cup 2013
MS Dhoni was the captain of team India during the Celkon Cup series in 2013, however, Virat Kohli led the side during the mid of the Celkon Cup 2013 after MS Dhoni got injured. The legendary wicket-keeper batsman returned back to the game after he got fit before the final game. Later after team India won the tournament, MS Dhoni asked Virat Kohli to join him as he also led the side in a few games.
6. When Dhoni gave the chance to Kohli to smash the winning runs
MS Dhoni has been renowned as one of the greatest finishers in cricket history. However, this one time, Mahi gave Virat Kohli the opportunity to finish the game. This happened during the World Cup semi-final against South Africa during the 2014 World Cup, where the Indian cricket team only needed six runs in 9 balls with Virat and Dhoni on-field. Virat Kohli smashed a stunning four on the 4th ball of the 19th over and a single on the next ball, which brought Dhoni on strike. But MS Dhoni defended the ball and gave the opportunity to MS Dhoni to smash the winning run, winning the hearts of one and all with his gesture.
5. MS Dhoni’s gesture after winning every series
Under Dhoni’s leadership, the Men in Blue reached new heights and lifted many important cups. However, every time team India won the match under the leadership of MS Dhoni, he had handed over the cup to the youngsters of his team and has always stood at the corner in the winning photo.
4. Giving the Champions Trophy to Ravindra Jadeja
Team India stormed cricketing world during the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2013, where they outlasted hosts England by 5 runs. During the mega-event, Jadeja had impressed one and all with his brilliant performance as he had bagged 12 wickets from 5 matches. Later, when MS Dhoni received the trophy, he handed over it to Sir Ravindra Jadeja immediately.
3. When Dhoni trained the Indian pacers
Before the world cup, when all cricketers were relaxing at their homes, Dhoni decided to stay back and train the injured and emerging bowling unit. He trained bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, and Ishant Sharma, which later on benefitted team India the most. During that period he chose the country before family.
2. When he thought of building a new ‘team India’
Following the World Cup 2011 win, Dhoni became officially became a legend in India and around the world for his historic knock. However, he knew that he won’t be able to survive long with the same old team.
Therefore, Dhoni kicked off a whole rebuilding phase and took a bold decision by including youngsters and removing some of the legendary cricketers from the team. He did receive a lot of criticism for that sweeping decision but it did end up doing more good than bad for Team India.
1. A silent Test retirement
MS Dhoni left the whole nation in shock when he decided to call time on his Test career. But his retirement without a farewell left a void in every cricketer’s hearts.