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15 years of MS Dhoni: From long-haired destroyer to calculating genius

Dhoni
by Aadya Sharma 3 minute read

Aadya Sharma takes a quick look at the pictures of MS Dhoni’s international career in which there have been plenty of highs, a few lows and a lot of memories.

MS Dhoni completed 15 years in international cricket on December 23, 2019. Yes, his continued absence over the last six months is puzzling, but it doesn’t dim the numbers, milestones and titles he pocketed since the second half of the 2000s.

From Dhoni‘s silent, unnoticed international arrival in December 2004 against Bangladesh in a low-profile series, when he was run-out for a first-ball duck, to the semi-final against New Zealand at the 2019 World Cup, when he failed to get India over the line, his career seems to be bookended (assuming he doesn’t play again) by disappointments.

However, inbetween that, he became possibly the biggest influence on Indian cricket, from leading the side to the inaugural World T20 title in 2007 – triggering a T20 revolution in the sport – the ODI World Cup in 2011 and to the top of the Test rankings. Individually as well, Dhoni got India out of pickles repeatedly, and built a reputation for himself as The Finisher.

In all, there were plenty of heady days over the last 15 years. We look at his career in 15 pictures, comprising both the highs and the lows of what has been, so far, a magnificent one.

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