Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India’s most successful cricket captain, has stepped down as skipper for one-day cricket. And he has been recieving rich tributes from cricket feternity.
The 35-year-old Dhoni is considered one of India's most successful captains. Dhoni captained India in 199 ODIs and 72 T20Is and led the country to their second ODI World Cup in 2011 and into the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup.
Here is a list of the top triumphs of Team India under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership:
2007 WORLD T20 TITLE:
The year was 2007. India had badly under-performed in the ICC 50-overs' World Cup in the West Indies, exiting the tournament in the first round itself.
In the aftermath, Rahul Dravid was replaced by exuberant, young wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh.
Dhoni led a group of young and inexperienced boys into the tournament who became a household name after India, against all odds, clinched the maiden World T20 title beating arch-rivals Pakistan by 5 runs in a thrilling final played at Johannesburg.
COMMONWEALTH BANK SERIES 2007-08:
Another memorable part in Dhoni's illustrous career is the victory in the Commonwealth Bank series, involving Australia and Sri Lanka. The second final at Brisbane on March 4, 2008 was a nail-biting match. However, India played some brilliant cricket to win the game by 9 runs. Sachin scored 91 in the match to help India score a competitive total of 258/9. Later, the hosts were bowled out for 249 in 49.4 overs as India clinched the tri-nation series.
While Dhoni's career has seen numerous highs, there were also a few lows. However, nothing could overshadow his greatness as a captain.
2011 WORLD CUP:
It was the final match up that a brilliant 2011 World Cup deserved, arguably the two best sides in the the tournament who were well matched in all departments were set up to battle it out in front of a huge global audience as India aimed to end 28 years of World Cup hurt.
Dhoni's team, guided by Sachin Tendulkar's brilliance with the bat, Yuvraj Singh's stellar all-round showing and Zaheer Khan's antics with the ball made it to the finals. India faced neighbours and co-hosts Sri Lanka in the final and a Mahela Jayawardene century ensured the hosts had a challenging total to chase in a pressure cooker final.
Dhoni played the innings, which in many ways will go on to define his career, as he soaked in all the pressure to score a match winning unbeaten 91 of just 79 balls and gave the crowd the fairytale ending they were waiting for, finishing the game with a majestic six.
2013 CHAMPIONS TROPHY:
The only trophy missing from MS Dhoni's cabinet as a skipper was the Champions Trophy, a tournament India had never won independently. Sourav Ganguly's team had to share the trophy with Sri Lanka in 2002 after the final had been rained out.
Put into bat, India posted a paltry total of 129/7. But Dhoni, being the shrewd captain that he is, turned the game on its head with his astute captaincy skills. He made some of the most mind-boggling bowling changes ever seen all of which luckily worked in his favour as India restricted England to 124/8 and won the game by 5 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja was adjudged the Man of the Match for his crucial spell (2/24 in 4 overs) and India lifted its second Champions Trophy title. Dhoni thus, established his legacy as the only captain in world cricket to have won all three ICC trophies.