Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Top 3 ODI Innings: A Legend’s Journey of Dominance
Published by %s
August 3, 2023
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, fondly known as Captain Cool, is one of the most celebrated cricketers in the history of Indian cricket. His presence on the field brought a sense of calmness, and his powerful hitting towards the end of an innings made him a formidable finisher.
Throughout his illustrious career, Dhoni played several memorable One-Day International (ODI) innings that left cricket enthusiasts in awe. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit three of his top ODI innings:-
139 vs. Australia – Mohali, 19th October 2013:*
In this high-stakes encounter against Australia, Dhoni demonstrated his ability to thrive under pressure. Coming in to bat at a crucial moment, he played a captain’s knock, scoring an unbeaten 139 runs off 121 balls. Dhoni’s powerful hitting led India to a formidable total of 303/9.
91 vs. Sri Lanka – Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium), ICC Cricket World Cup Final, 2nd April 2011:*
If there was one match that defined Dhoni’s legacy, it was the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final. In pursuit of 275 runs, Dhoni, the captain, promoted himself up the order. He exhibited exemplary composure and aggression, scoring an unbeaten 91 runs off 79 balls. The highlight of the innings was the iconic winning six, which not only sealed India’s victory but also brought home the World Cup after 28 years.
This innings remains etched in the minds of cricket fans as one of Dhoni’s most explosive performances. Batting at number three, he scored an unbeaten 183 runs off just 145 balls, including 10 fours and 15 sixes. His remarkable display of power-hitting guided India to a massive total of 298/4, leading the team to a comfortable victory by six wickets.
Other top innings of MS Dhoni include 148 against Pakistan in April 2005, 139 against Australia in 2013 and 113 vs Pakistan in 2012 etc.