The whole Indian team was in a shock and was still recovering from the aftermath of a bad performance in the World Cup against the team of West Indies in 2007 when none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni was asked to lead a bunch of new players in another World Cup – the World T20 cup which was supposed to be held in South Africa. Two weeks later, the captain as we know him now from Ranchi did indeed manage to put a smile on every Indian’s face as he led our country to the World T20 title.
Just after that, he was handed the role of captain across all the cricketing formats and what followed, well everyone knows what followed. One after another, he kept on winning and kept reaching new heights with a team that was a mixture of energy of the youth. He led our team to their first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. This was followed by the historic CB Series victory which took place in Australia in the year 2007–08.
In the year 2009, our favourite captain MS Dhoni led the Indian cricket team to No. 1 position for the very first time in the ICC Test rankings. He also led them to many wins in Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies. This was again followed by the 2010 Asia Cup title and the of course; the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup in the year. In the year 2013, he became the first captain who won all the three ICC’s limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20) after winning the ICC Champions Trophy.
But as people say, all the good things must come to an end – and thus the era of MS Dhoni came to an end when Dhoni stepped down from Test captaincy. Earlier in 2017, India’s most decorated and winning titled skipper stepped down from all forms of captaincy. He gave his deputy Virat Kohli the charge of captaincy across every format. He will serve India as a wicket keeper batsman till his body tells him to, and we wish it never ends.
Indian cricket has of course started a new course under the captaincy of Virat Kohli and Indians across the country are really excited to see how Virat Kohli’s era goes down in history. But at the same time, no one can ever forget what Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s immense contribution has been to the game. Here is a small video tribute to India’s most successful captain:
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2017