Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one such name of the cricket world with which every cricket lover is aware. This former captain of the Indian team has made many records in international cricket. If Dhoni is called the smartest and best wicketkeeper of the present time, then there will be no exaggeration. Dhoni is considered to be the best finisher in the cricket world. Dhoni made the cricket world aware of a new shot 'helicopter shot'.
When Dhoni started his cricket career, his batting performance was very poor. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who started his ODI career against a weak team like Bangladesh, had already returned to the pavilion in the ODI match. After this, in the next two matches against Bangladesh, this arrogant player of the Indian team could not touch the figure of ten.
After this, Dhoni got an opportunity in ODIs against Pakistan and in this series, Dhoni managed to prove himself. In this series, Dhoni had scored 148 runs taking good news of Pakistani bowlers.
This innings proved to be the turning point for Dhoni-
Dhoni's real success came 14 years ago from the historic innings played against Sri Lanka at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on 31 October 2005.
In this match, Sri Lanka, batting first, scored a score of 298 runs thanks to Kumar Sangakkara's brilliant innings of 138 runs. In those days, the target of 299 was quite challenging. But Dhoni with long hair proved this goal too dwarf.
In this match, Team India captain Rahul Dravid fielded Mahendra Singh Dhoni to bat at number three. Because the Indian team lost the wicket of their star batsman Sachin Tendulkar on the score of just 7 runs.
Dhoni faced the dangerous bowlers like Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan well. He played a quick innings showing his helicopter shot. Dhoni played such an aggressive innings that made the condition of Sri Lankan bowlers worse. Dhoni completed his half-century in 40 balls while scoring a century in 85 balls.
Dhoni, taking full advantage of the opportunity at number three, played a match-winning innings for the team. In the end, Dhoni returned unbeaten after scoring 183 runs in 145 balls. In this innings, Dhoni had hit 15 smashing fours and 10 Gagan pinches. Thanks to Dhoni's explosive innings, Team India scored 303 runs in 46.1 overs and won the match by 6 wickets. After this innings, Dhoni became the reed bone of the Indian team. This innings proved to be the turning point for Dhoni. This innings brought Dhoni to the heights.
Gilchrist's record was demolished
In this match played in Jaipur, Dhoni also broke the biggest individual score made by any wicketkeeper batsman in ODI cricket. Dhoni broke Adam Gilchrist's record of 172 runs by scoring 183 runs. Even now this record remains intact in Dhoni's name. This is the highest personal score made by any wicket-keeper batsman in the world.
The top 3 biggest innings played by wicketkeeper batsmen in ODI cricket-
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (183 * vs Sri Lanka, 31 October 2005)
2. Quinton Deacock (178 vs Australia, 30 September 2016)
3. Adam Gilchrist (172 vs Zimbabwe, 16 January 2004)