When Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks out to bat during chases, the average Indian cricket fan is relieved and reassured. Why not, Dhoni has been one of the best finishers the world has ever seen. When Dhoni is on the crease, fans never get tensed because they believe that Dhoni will finish the match. Here are the top 5 winning shots by Dhoni.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Match 4 at Adelaide
It was ‘Do or die’ match for India because India needed to win that match to qualify for the final of that tri-series. Australia put 269 runs on the board. Chasing the target India had a good 50 run opening partnership. Gautam Gambhir played a fine inning and scored 92 runs but it was MS Dhoni who led India to the victory. Dhoni scored 44 runs off 58 balls but he hit only one six and no boundaries. He was in complete control of the match as he was scoring runs by taking only singles and doubles but he had enough power stored for this game-changing six which led India to victory.
IPL 2010, Match 54 at Dharamsala
In this match MS Dhoni showed why he’s one of the great finishers in the game, blasting 30 runs in the final two overs to ensure Chennai Super Kings would contest an IPL semi-final for the third season in a row. Dhoni scored 54 runs in that match. He smashed two sixes in the final over. Take a look at the winning shot.
IPL 2016, Match 53 at Visakhapatnam
This was the battle to escape the bottom of the table. Both KXIP and RPS had a tough season and they needed to win this match to stay off the bottom of the table. RPS needed 23 runs in the last over. Axar Patel was given the responsibility to defend the target for Punjab. Dhoni smashed 6, 0, 4, 6, 6 in Rising Pune Supergiants’ face-saving four-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab. The last six was especially extraordinary as he stood in the crease, waited for the full ball on the pads from Axar and brought out the helicopter, to register a win.
Tri-Nation Series, Final at Port of Spain
Once again, it was MS Dhoni who reduced a lost cause into a one-on-one contest with an opposition bowler, and smashed 15 runs in the last over. When Dhoni smashed the first six, the look on bowler’s face was saying that it’s over for me. In the final match of tri-series, India stopped Sri Lanka on a low score of 201 runs but Sri Lankan bowlers performed well and created problems for India as India needed 15 runs in the last over with just one wicket in hand. The only problem for Sri Lanka was MS Dhoni who was on strike. MS Dhoni smashed two sixes and a four to win the match. Take a look at his match winning shot.
World Cup 2011, Final at Mumbai
“Dhoniiiiiiiiiii……….finishes off in style…..a magnificent strike into the crowd…..India lift the world cup after 28 years….the party starts in the dressing room…and its the Indian Captain who has been absolutely magnificent in the night of the final”.
These were the words which came out of the Ravi Shastri after Dhoni smashed a six to lift the world cup for India after 28 years. Every Indian will remember these words for the lifetime but it was Dhoni who gave us these happy memories. Take a look at the six which made billions of dreams come true.