5 Decisions Of MS Dhoni That Changed The Fate Of Indian Cricket

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It is true to say that, MS Dhoni has made decisions that have impacted Indian cricket a lot, and his risks have reaped a lot of rewards for the team in a big way. His record in limited-overs cricket is one of the best of all time and he has been one of the most successful international captains in the history of cricket.

His handling of pressure and reading of the game is unmatchable and the 39-year-old is one of the best finishers in the format. His immense contributions to Indian cricket will be etched in the memories for a long time and here are 5 decisions of MS Dhoni that changed the fate of Indian cricket.

5 Decisions Of MS Dhoni That Changed The Fate Of Indian Cricket:

Handing 18th Over To Ishant in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Final:

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ishant Sharma has always been an expensive bowler in the limited-overs format in the past and the batsman has gone after him particularly. In the 2013 Champions Trophy Final against England, India managed just 129 on the board at the 20th over-mark in a rain-affected match.

England was on their toes as they kept losing wickets in a tight run chase, but Dhoni opted to go with Ishant Sharma in the 18th over and it eventually paid off the tall speedster claimed wickets of the well-set batsman of Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan. It helped India win their maiden Champions Trophy and Dhoni had to be credited for it.

Final Over Decision In 2007 T20 World Cup Finals:

Joginder Sharma
Joginder Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Probably, the first major decision that Dhoni had to make as a captain of India, and in the 2007 T20 Worldcup, India made the finals with hard-fought victories. Pakistan needed 157 to win the inaugural edition of the final but they kept on losing wickets until Misbah-ul-Haq rescued them.

Misbah hit three sixes off the 18th over from Harbhajan and put Pakistan back into the game. Eventually, Pakistan needed 16 off the final over and Dhoni decided to go with the inexperienced Joginder Sharma rather than Harbhajan Singh. Joginder conceded a six in the first delivery but came back with the wicket of Misbah Ul Haq to seal the victory for India.

Moving Up The Order in 2011 Worldcup Finals:

MS Dhoni, 2011 World Cup Final
MS Dhoni [Image-Getty]

This was one of the best decisions made by MS Dhoni to counter the spin bowling of the Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan in the finals of the 2011 World Cup. India needed 275 to win their second title, and Dhoni walked into the crease when the score was 114 for the loss of 3 wickets with Kohli gone.

He started off slowly, made up with odd boundaries, and was very keen on running between the wickets. He stitched a great partnership alongside Gautam Gambhir and his decision to move ahead of in form Yuvraj in the finals in the batting order seemed to work in favour of India as he notched up an unbeaten 91 run knock in 79 deliveries. He finished off the innings with a six which could never be forgotten.

Handing Over The Captaincy To Virat Kohli At The Right Time:

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)
MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

MS Dhoni had become a great mentor for any team he plays and he has been guiding the youngsters in the right way to get the maximum results from them. Dhoni had always connected well with Virat Kohli and the latter has learned a lot from one of the best minds in the game.

Dhoni stepped down from test captaincy after retiring in 2014 from the longest format, and Virat has built a team for ages through his captaincy reins after Dhoni. In the same way, Dhoni has also paved the way for Kohli to use his resources to the maximum in ODI cricket by helping out him really well until the 2019 World Cup.

Sending Rohit Sharma To Open:

Rohit Sharma, ICC Finals, India
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

The current Indian vice-captain in the limited-overs format was first used as an opener by MS Dhoni in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Rohit had an unstable international career at the start in the middle order but he always looked like he had to potential to deliver a lot.

Dhoni promoted Rohit up the order to open and he has formed a great partnership at the top of the order alongside Shikhar Dhawan. Rohit has been a sensation ever since moving up the order and it has helped India to a greater extent as he has broken a lot of records including the highest individual score in 50 over cricket.

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