Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: 4 records that prove why 'Captain Cool' is special
Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is peacefully retired from international cricket but remains the most successful skipper in Indian cricket. As he celebrates his 40th birthday, we look at the records that prove he was unique as the 'Captain Cool'.
When it comes to former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, fans treat him as the 'God of Cricket' just next to the legendary former Indian Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Moreover, Dhoni continues to remain the most successful Indian skipper to date. Popularly known as 'Captain Cool', Dhoni remains the only Indian skipper to have won three ICC tournaments.
While he retired from international cricket last year, he entertains his fans by leading Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, where he is one of the most successful skippers, having helped the side win twin titles. As he turns 40 on Wednesday, he continues to remain the 'Captain Cool', who is still capable of inspiring his team to a title-winning campaign. On the same note, we look at some of the outstanding records he holds as a skipper in international cricket.
Most matches as captain
Dhoni success in international cricket as a skipper was unparallel to any other skipper in Indian cricket. Owing to his prolonged consistency as the team leader, he led the side in 332 international games across formats, which happens to be a record by any skipper on the platform.
Making India No. 1 in Tests for the first time
One of the remarkable feats Dhoni achieved as the Team India skipper was back in 2009 when after defeating Sri Lanka 2-0 in a three-Test series, India rose to the number one spot in the ICC Test Rankings. Incidentally, it was the first time that the side had managed to soar to the top of the ultimate format of the game, making Dhoni even memorable as the skipper.
Most matches and wins in T20Is
In case one remembers, it was under Dhoni that India was crowned the inaugural ICC World T20 champion in 2007. Since then, Dhoni and co became a force in the shortest format of the game. Although India did not win the WT20 title thereon, Dhoni continued his glorious ride as the skipper in the format. He led the side in 72 games and winning 41 of them, thus creating the record of most by a skipper in the format.
First Indian skipper with 100 ODI wins
Also, in another memorable Dhoni moment, under his leadership, the side was crowned the world champion during the ICC World Cup 2011. Four years later, his side failed to defend the crown in Australia, losing in the semis to Australia. Nevertheless, the win during the quarterfinal against Bangladesh happened to be his 100th win as the ODI skipper, as he became the first Indian skipper to attain the feat.
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