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5 brilliant MS Dhoni moments in limited overs cricket that don't fade away

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MS Dhoni hits a six during the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka
Modified 04 Apr 2016
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MS Dhoni is the quintessential short format player – a great runner between the wickets, gifted with forearms of steel and wrists that could’ve been made of platinum. To top these all up, he has a head that always gives the impression of being connected to an oil-cooling system at all times.

No one smashes them longer and harder than Dhoni, but what makes it better is the timing of those hits. Dhoni’s hits almost always have a stamp of destiny associated with them. He scores tough runs during tough moments. He has done the incredible so consistently, it is tough to pick five memorable moments by MS Dhoni in T20Is that won’t fade away from our memories, just like the Axe Signature range of perfumes.

There are many others besides what have been listed here like one of the first helicopters unfurled against James Anderson way back in 2006, his blitzkrieg against Dale Steyn in the same match that Sachin scored a double century in and countless IPL matches for CSK.

Let's take a look:

#5. Six vs Australia, at the Adelaide Oval in the 2012 CB Series

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Chasing 270, India needed 12 runs off the last 4 balls against Australia, when Dhoni finally got strike, having refused a second run that would have put Ravichandran Ashwin back on strike.

What Dhoni did after that is probably one of the most incredible shot a batsman can pull off – he smashed a near-yorker from Clint McKay so hard, that it cleared probably the largest boundary in Australia (and hence in the world) by a comfortable distance. That rattled McKay so badly that he bowled a beamer in the next ball. India romped home with 2 balls to spare and Dhoni ended with 44 off 58 balls. That six down the ground is a shot that is hard to forget for any fan.

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Published 02 Apr 2016, 06:00 IST
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