Mahendra Singh Dhoni took India to a different level under his captaincy. MS Dhoni is often referred to as the best captain Indian cricket team has had, mainly due to the records made and broken and the position to which Indian squad reached under his guidance. The skipper’s sudden announcement of stepping down from limited over captaincy has shocked the cricketing fans. The Indian wicket-keeper-batsman had always indicated on leading India to the 2019 World Cup. But the sudden decision of quitting captaincy from ODIs and T20Is comes as a shock to many as the Indian team has been in its best shape in recent times. The Indian Cricket team flourished under his leadership and, had broken many records under Dhoni’s captaincy. Here is a look at four best captaincy records of MS Dhoni. ALSO READ: MS Dhoni retires from ODI & T20 Captaincy: A flashback to his most monumental World Cup 2011 winning moment for Indian Cricket Team.
1. Most wins by an Indian captain in Tests and ODIs
M. S. Dhoni has lead India in 60 test matches for which he has won 27,
Drew 15 and lost 18 matches. He led the Indian squad for a total of 199 ODI matches of which India won 110 matches, tied in 4 matches and lost 74 matches. 11 of these matches did not reach a decision. In the T-20 format, Dhoni lead the team in a total of 72 matches. Indian won 41 matches, tied one match and lost 28 matches under his captaincy. The remaining two matches had no results.
2. First-ever bilateral ODI series wins
Dhoni took over the captaincy reins from former Indian cricket icon Rahul Dravid in 2007. The Indian cricket team was in a raw state, and Dhoni was offered the captaincy after he scored a record 183 runs. Soon after taking this responsibility, he led India to its first ever bilateral series win in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
3. Record for winning all three trophies
MS Dhoni became the first Indian captain to lead the Indian team in winning all the three vital trophies, T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup and the Champions Trophy. The Indian team won the first ever ICC T20 world cup against Pakistan held in 2007, which marked the beginning of the successful reign of Dhoni. The team went on to make the historic win in 2010 ICC World Cup against Sri Lanka and sealed the record with a Champions Trophy against England win in 2013.
4. Whitewashed Australia
In the 2013, Border–Gavaskar Trophy, India won the series by a clear whitewash of 4-0 under Dhoni’s captaincy. This was a monumental victory as Dhoni-led India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series.