Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni: Five Mind-Blowing coincidences
Two of India’s most loved cricketing sons on the field, if Sachin was an undisputed national hero until 2000s, then Dhoni was the nation’s flag-bearer in the post-millennium era. If Tendulkar gave all his fans a ray of hope to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat then Dhoni was the Messiah to pull the team out of the hole on most occasions.
A generation that separates the two cricketing giants, both of them have equal importance in the Indian cricket history and shared success in their own prime times at the highest level.
It was Sachin in 2007, who believed that the flashy-looking though determined youngster in Dhoni was ready to take the team’s responsibility at the world stage. And boy he did it in style. In the years to follow, Dhoni was the most successful Indian skipper across formats, with his side reaching at the cliff of ICC Test rankings in 2009.
Let’s take a road down the memory lane of what connected the two special gentlemen in their special ways:
#1 Love for April 15 and February 24 for the two greats
The two dates hold special significance in the lives of these two Indian greats. On April 15, in 2011, Sachin’s highest score of 100* was his only hundred in IPL against Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK). While on the same date, 7 years later, Dhoni registered his highest score of 79* in IPL against Kings XI Punjab. And to everyone’s amaze, both came in the losing cause for their respective teams.
On 24 February, in 2010, Master Blaster scored his highest ODI score of 200* against South Africa in Gwalior, while, three years later, on the same day Dhoni scored his highest Test score of 224* against Australia in Chennai. This time, both the knocks came in for India’s winning cause.