MS Dhoni's top five match-winning knocks in ODIs
MS Dhoni was not supposed to be a part of the final of the Tri-Nation tournament as the swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman had suffered a hamstring injury in the first game against the West Indies.
He went through a period of recovery till the final as Virat Kohli captained the team but was there when India needed him the most. Chasing a moderate total of 202, India were well on their way with Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma putting up a tidy partnership but the game changed its face rather quickly.
There was a flurry of wickets as the middle-order slumped from 139/3 to 152-7 leaving the Indian captain to grind the last fifty runs with the tail.
This was not the first time that Dhoni propelled India to a win from trying circumstances. It is this ability of his, to soak the pressure and remain composed, that has earned him the epithet of ‘captain-cool’.
His unwavering psychological strength is the greater asset as compared to his pure muscle when he hits the ball and the testament to that is the fact that Dhoni was clearly not a 100% last night. He was not putting a lot of stress on his hamstring it seemed as he avoided those 2′s and 3′s that he picks up with great ease.
Dhoni’s statistics prove how critical he is to India’s success in the last half-a-decade. He has taken the crease 54 times in India’s 72 successful run-chases in One Day International cricket. He has remained unbeaten 33 times out of those 54 amassing 2102 runs at a dramatic Bradman-esque average of 100.09.
This is a fitting moment to roll back the years and have a look at some of his match-winning knocks for India: