It’s true that during the tenure of MS Dhoni’s captaincy, India had more success than failures. He, in fact, set new parametres how an Indian captain’s success should be measured. In the light of this, Cricwizz takes a look how Indian cricket’s status were before and after Dhoni became skipper of Indian cricket team. Have a look at these interesting insights to admire the success of Dhoni the skipper.
Before MSD as skipper in limited-overs cricket: India have won one just World Cup title in 1983, beating West Indies in the final. India had made one more attempt at World Cup glory, but fell short at the final hurdle. Sourav Ganguly-led India were beaten in the final of 2003 World Cup by Ricky Ponting-led Australia.
After MSD became skipper:
World Cup: Dhoni fulfilled Indian fans and Sachin Tendulkar’s dream of winning a World Cup when he led his team to glory in the 2011 edition. He led from the front in the final with a knock of 91* to seal India’s victory. He also led India to 2015 World Cup semi-finals where they lost to eventual champions Australia.
World T20: India won the inaugural 2007 World T20, beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final. Dhoni led a young team after the seniors opted out of the shortest format of the game. Dhoni gambled on a young Joginder Sharma who delivered the goods in the final over of the match. India went on to play another World T20 final in 2014, but lost to eventual champions Sri Lanka.
Champions Trophy: India had been joint winners of Champions Trophy along with Sri Lanka in 2002. They have never won it outright. In 2013, facing backlash due to IPL spot fixing scandal, Dhoni inspired his teammates to Champions Trophy title, beating hosts England in the final. It was a fitting reply to those who questioned Dhoni’s integrity.
Before MSD as skipper in Tests: India were no pushovers abroad in Test cricket as Ganguly-led team notched up series wins in Pakistan, West Indies and drew series in England and Australia. Rahul Dravid carried the baton forward, winning a series in England. Under the captaincy of Anil Kumble, India became a tough Test unit Down Under where they fought unsportsmanlike behaviours from Australia, monkeygate scandal to notch a morale boosting win at Perth.
After MSD as skipper in Tests: Dhoni’s tasted initial success in Test cricket, mostly playing at home. He took India to the pinnacle of Test cricket, earning the team the No 1 rank for the first time. But after the high, came the low. MSD’s team was whitewashed 0-4 in England and Australia. India surrendered their top ranking, but Dhoni did not quit. He took it on his chin determined to fight back. He led India to 4-0 series whitewash against Australia at home in 2013. And under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India are back to No 1 Test rank.