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5 Interesting Captaincy Records Held by MS Dhoni 

England v India - 2nd ODI: Royal London One-Day Series
Dhoni made his captaincy debut today in 2007 against Pakistan.
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Today, in 2007, the most successful Indian captain, MS Dhoni made his captaincy debut versus arch-rivals Pakistan in a thrilling encounter in the T20 World Cup, 2007. In one of the most memorable Indo-Pak clashes, India set a target of 142 runs in 20 overs for Pakistan. The last ball run out restricted Pakistan from winning the match in a heroic fashion, as India later won the match in a bowl-out decider, as Sehwag, Harbhajan and Uthappa knocked the bails off, something which none of the three Pakistani bowlers managed to do.

After a dream debut, MS Dhoni has achieved a lot in his lustrous captaincy career. Here are the five captaincy records of MS Dhoni which prove why he is one of the best captains of all time:


#5 Only captain to whitewash Australia in Australia in the 21st century

Virat's heroics in the T20I series sealed a 3-0 whitewash victory for India versus Australia in Australia
Virat's heroics in the T20I series sealed a 3-0 whitewash victory for India versus Australia in Australia

MS Dhoni's men in blue made Australia suffer from a whitewash in the T20I series in 2016. Though the Aussie captain won all the tosses, India made sure they didn't win any of the matches.

Virat Kohli was the man of the match in two out of the three T20 matches, as Shane Watson's 124*(71) innings in a losing cause got him awarded as the man of the match in the third and final T20.

After suffering a humiliating 4-1 loss in the ODI series, India took a perfect revenge in the T20I series. Virat was the man of the series, scoring 199 runs in the three matches, whereas Jasprit Bumrah was the leading wicket-taker of the series with a total of 6 wickets to his name.

#4 Most International Matches as a Captain

South Africa v India - 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
MS Dhoni has captained in international cricket in 331 matches

MS Dhoni has led India in 331 international matches as a captain. In these 331 matches under Dhoni, India managed to win 178 matches and lost 120; 20 matches resulted in either a draw or a tie.

MS Dhoni has a win percentage of 53.77% in his captaincy career, which is only bettered by Ricky Ponting (67.90%) and Graeme Smith (56.99%), among players who captained in 200 or more matches in international cricket.

#3 Most T20I wins for a captain

MS Dhoni is also the captain to win the most number of tosses in T20I cricket
MS Dhoni is also the captain to win the most number of tosses in T20I cricket

MS Dhoni also has hold of an unmatched record of most number of wins as a captain in T20 Internationals. The stalwart player has captained India in 72 matches and has won 41 matches out of those.

The second player in the list is William Porterfield who has led Ireland to 26 wins in 56 matches. Darren Sammy comes third in the list with 27 wins in 47 matches, captaining West Indies.

Dhoni is also the first captain to win 150 T20 matches (includes T20 leagues). He achieved the feat when his IPL team CSK defeated SRH in IPL 2018 at the Wankhede.

#2 Most overseas ODI wins for an Indian captain, second most overall

Under Dhoni, India has won as many as 67 overseas ODI matches.
Under Dhoni, India has won as many as 67 overseas ODI matches.

MS Dhoni is also the Indian captain to win the most number of ODI matches, played overseas. MS Dhoni won 67 overseas matches leading India, in One Day Internationals.

Only the legendary Ricky Ponting is ahead of Dhoni, who has won 104 ODIs overseas captaining Australia.

Besides, MS Dhoni also has the record of leading a team in six editions of World T20. Dhoni is followed by Paul Collingwood and Darren Sammy who have done the same three times only.

#1 Only captain to win all three major ICC tournaments

India has won the ICC World Cup, Champions Trophy and WT20 under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
India has won the ICC World Cup, Champions Trophy and WT20 under the leadership of MS Dhoni.

MS Dhoni is the only captain in the world, who has succeeded to win all the three major ICC limited-overs tournaments T20 World Cup, Cricket World Cup and the Champions Trophy.

India won the T20 World Cup on 24th September 2007, the Cricket World Cup on 2nd April 2011 and the Champions Trophy on 23rd June 2013, under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.

MS Dhoni was also the man of the match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 finals, that featured India and Sri Lanka, where he scored a match-winning 91* runs, and finished the tournament with a six.

Edited by Shashwat Tiwari

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