Captain of the Decade - Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Updated: Apr 27
The name itself gives us a vibe of confidence and trust. M S Dhoni, also known as Captain Cool, was the leader of the Indian Cricket team for quite some time where he distinguished many awards and laurel for himself, his team, and the nation. Dhoni was often referred to as "Captain Cool" for his calmness and patience on both on and off the field. With the two victories of T20I and the ODI World Cup, Dhoni also became the first captain in international cricket to do so. His Calmness has no bounds, which he proved on many occasions with his leadership qualities and Team spirit. He was the captain of the Indian Cricket team for 11 straight years from 2007 to 2017 in Limited overs format and from 2008 to 2014 in Test format.
ICC ODI Team of the Decade: Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shakib Al Hasan, MS Dhoni (c), Ben Stokes, Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Imran Tahir, and Lasith Malinga.
ICC T20I Team of the Decade: Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, MS Dhoni (c), Kieron Pollard, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, and Lasith Malinga.
Not only M S Dhoni for India, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah were also included in the ICC T20I and ODI team of the decade individually. All these names bring pride and happiness to us with their talent and show of talent. Entire Country is proud of their Men in Blue.
Let’s talk about Mahendra Singh Dhoni, there are no words to distinguish this legend’s career and his dedication towards India and Indian Cricket, the man who led India into numerous Champions and to win, its maiden T20I World Cup in 2007, their 2nd ICC World Cup title in 2011 after 28 years since India won this prestigious cup, and Champions Trophy in 2013 where India was the only unbeaten team throughout the Championship. This is the same guy who made India retain World No. 1 ranking in International Test Cricket for straight 18 Months. There is so much he has done for his country he led India to be ICC Team of the year for 3 consecutive years through 2011 to 2013. He also led India to win the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cup as well. What a legend!
Let’s talk about the laurels he himself is rewarded with throughout his career for his dedication and love for India and Indian cricket. To begin with, he was graced with honorary rank Lieutenant Colonel after which he became the only captain after Kapil Dev to receive this prestigious award. For his victorious captaincy in the 2007 T20I World Cup, he was bestowed with “Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award”, India's highest honor given for achievement in sports. And later in 2008 & 2009, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was awarded the ICC Player of the year trophy. Also in 2011, he was given CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Sports. The legend was also honored with Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award in 2009, and Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award in 2018.
Why MS Dhoni is the leader and a Wicket-keeper any team deserves?
Most successful Indian Test captain with 27 Test wins.
Most overseas Test defeats by an Indian captain - 15.
Led India to Rank 1, Test cricket rankings for the first time, in 2009.
Third highest score by an Indian captain - 224 against Australia in Chennai in Test format.
Most stumping by any wicket-keeper in a Test career – 38.
In ODI, the Third captain (and the first non-Australian) overall to win 100 games.
Most career runs in ODI history when batting at number 6 position – 4031.
Most stumping by any wicket-keeper in an ODI career – 120.
First Indian wicket-keeper to take 300 ODI catches and fourth wicket-keeper in the world to achieve the feat.
Most wins in T20Is as captain – 41.
Most matches as captain in T20Is – 72.
Most matches in T20I history as both captain and wicket-keeper – 72.
Most dismissals as wicket-keeper in T20Is – 87.
Most catches as wicket-keeper in T20Is – 54.
Most stumping as wicket-keeper in T20Is – 33.
Most catches as wicket-keeper in an individual T20I inning – 5.
Most international matches as captain - 332
Dhoni is the first, and so far only, wicket-keeper to effect 150 stumping dismissals across the three forms of the game. His current total of stumping in internationals stands at 161.
It is the laurels he brought to Indian Cricket he is now considered as the legend in International Cricket and also one of the best Captain world has ever seen in International Cricket. In August 2016, Dhoni overthrew former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting to become the most experienced captain in international cricket. Not only the laurels but the story and Hard work of Mahi moulded him into the person he is today.
Take a bow!