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3 reasons why MS Dhoni is India's most valuable ODI player of all time

  • It is unimaginable to think about modern Indian cricket without mentioning the great MS Dhoni.
Rahul Singh
ANALYST
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:13 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni

When MS Dhoni made his debut against Bangladesh in 2004, who'd have thought that the man who wielded his willow like a lumberjack will go on to become the fifth Indian to score 10,000 ODI runs. Moreover, he has marked his name as one of the greatest players to play the game. He has been a great entertainer and a humble ambassador of the game.

However, the world has witnessed the destructive batsman from Ranchi go on to play some of the most important knocks for India in limited-overs cricket. While his contribution to Indian cricket is undeniable, he has been often overlooked in the discussion of the best of the best. While it’s not easy to get ahead of a ‘god’ or a ‘king’, Dhoni has manged to do it successfully.

He's India's greatest limited-overs MVP and here are 3 reasons why.



#3 The best finisher in the game

ICC World Twenty20 India 2016: India v Australia
ICC World Twenty20 India 2016: India v Australia

There hasn't been a cricketer in the game who could finish games like MS Dhoni has done for India. He has had to adjust his batting style with time and has lost bit of flamboyancy, but he has sustained and has been relevant, making full use of his experience.

MS Dhoni has made finishing games feel like a spontaneous happening for a good part of two decades. The prime example being his exploits at the world cup final in 2011. His 91* and his match winning six will never be forgotten by the people who witnessed his masterclass on that day. As Ian Chappell said, “Bevan finished matches with fours, Dhoni does so with sixes.”

In fact, he averages 99.85 in successful run chases for India, which is more than anyone else in the world.

This is one of the reasons why he is India's most valuable player ever.

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