The poise that Dhoni displayed in that shot, the pose he held for the cameras because the ball went crusing over the long-on fence and the best way he swirled the bat in his arms after the shot, is stuff of legends.
That dream-fulfilling, match-winning shot on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai got here within the penultimate over. Here we have a look at the highest 5 finishes by Dhoni when he received the match for India within the final over, when the match went proper all the way down to the wire and enhanced his status of the very best finisher in world cricket.
India vs Sri Lanka at Port of Spain (2013)
It was the ultimate of the Tri-Nation Series at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad on July 11, 2013 and chasing a 202-run goal towards Sri Lanka, India have been 139/Four when skipper Dhoni joined Suresh Raina on the crease. But Raina fell three overs later and the onus fell completely on Dhoni to information India to victory. Batting at No. 6, not one of the batsmen who got here in to bat after Dhoni reached double figures as he single-handedly took India over the ropes with an outstanding 45-run knock that got here off 52 balls on a spiteful pitch, with the assistance of 5 fours and two sixes.
No. 11 Ishant Sharma survived the complete penultimate over bowled by Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews and even managed to attain 2 runs. With 15 runs to get off the final over, Dhoni requested for a brand new bat because the ball was given to Shaminda Eranga. First supply, Dhoni didn’t put bat on ball, however the subsequent supply was smashed straight over the bowler’s head and hit the highest of the roof of the stadium. Dhoni opened the face of his bat and sliced the subsequent supply over level to gather 4 runs. With 5 runs wanted, Dhoni smacked the subsequent supply over further cowl for an additional six to win the title for India, with two balls to spare and one wicket in hand. At the post-match presentation the place he was given the Man of the Match award, Dhoni confessed that he went for a heavy bat which was “good for slogging.”
India vs Australia at Adelaide (2012)
This was the fourth match of the Commonwealth Bank Series on the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on February 12, 2012 and India have been chasing a 270-run goal. Gautam Gambhir scored a implausible 92 proper on the high of the order earlier than getting dismissed by Clint McKay. And on the opener’s dismissal, Dhoni walked in to affix Raina on the crease with India at 178/Four in 34.1 overs.
Dhoni added 61 runs for the fifth wicket with Raina (38) and 18 runs for the sixth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (12) in his 44-run knock that got here off 58 balls with out a single hit to the fence. That was until McKay lined as much as bowl the final over of the match with India needing 13 runs to win. Ravichandran Ashwin swung his bat on the first supply however failed to attach and managed to scamper by means of for a single on the second supply to offer the strike to Dhoni. McKay bowled a size supply exterior off and Dhoni whacked it over vast long-on for a 112-meter shot that was one of many largest sixes ever on the Adelaide Oval. Dhoni then hit a waist-high no-ball to deep sq. leg for 2 runs and pulled the subsequent supply behind sq. leg to run three and win the match for India with two balls to spare and Four wickets in hand.
India vs West Indies at St Lucia (2009)
This was a rain-curtailed third ODI at Gros Islet in St Lucia on July 3, 2009. West Indies scored 186/7 of their allotted 27 overs and India got a revised 159-run goal off 22 overs. Dinesh Karthik (47) and Gautam Gambhir (44) put up an 84-run opening stand earlier than Karthik was dismissed. Dhoni promoted himself to the No. Three spot and hit a 34-ball 46-run knock.
11 runs have been wanted off the final over bowled by Jerome Taylor with Yusuf Pathan on the crease. A leg bye was conceded off the primary supply that introduced Dhoni on strike. Second supply, Taylor bowled a slower one exterior off-stump however Dhoni learn it and promptly dispatched it over the deep mid-wicket fence. Dhoni took 2 runs off the subsequent supply and a single off the subsequent earlier than Pathan sealed the sport off the subsequent supply as India received the match by 6 wickets (D/L technique).
India vs England at Mohali (2011)
With 598 runs scored, it was a run-fest when India confronted England within the third ODI on the PCA Stadium in Mohali on October 20, 2011. Batting first, England piled up 298/4. Opening the innings, Ajinkya Rahane high scored for India with a splendid 91-run knock. India have been 217/Four in 38.Four overs when Dhoni walked in to affix Virat Kohli on the crease.
Kohli (35) departed within the 42nd over and with Jadeja (26*) for firm, Dhoni saved India within the hunt until the very finish. eight runs have been wanted off the final over bowled by Tim Bresnan and Dhoni completed it in quickfire time. The first supply of the final over was pummelled over further cowl for a 4 and the subsequent supply was smashed over the covers for an additional 4. Dhoni’s unbeaten 35-run knock (off 31 balls) not solely sealed the sport, however India additionally took an unassailable 3-Zero lead within the five-match collection.
India vs Australia at Nagpur (2013)
The sixth ODI of the seven-match collection between India and Australia on the VCA Stadium in Nagpur is extra remembered for the 4 centuries scored within the sport which included a 61-ball century by chase grasp Virat Kohli. India have been 290/5 in 42.5 overs when Dhoni joined Kohli (115*) on the crease.
Dhoni and Kohli put up an unbeaten 61-run stand for the fifth wicket because the chase went down to 6 runs wanted off the final over. James Faulkner bowled the final over with Dhoni on strike. Dhoni went for the massive swing on the primary supply however the ball missed the bat and the stumps as effectively. Looking for a yorker, Faulkner dished out a low full exterior the off-stump and Dhoni reduce it by means of the hole between cowl and backward level to ship the ball scorching by means of the infield. An overthrow on the subsequent supply noticed Dhoni (25*) and Kohli run two runs to seal the match for India and take the collection into the decider.