Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni was known for too many reasons – calmness on the field, excellent ability to hit the ball, great wicketkeeping skills and of course inspiring and game-changing leadership qualities.
No wonder the current Indian captain Virat Kohli gets awe when he talks about Dhoni and his brilliant spelling abilities. A few years back, Kohli admitted that he did not see a better cricket brain than the superstar born in Ranchi.
‘I do not think I have encountered a better cricket brain just in terms of planning; to know what happens in the game and what can be done, ” Kohli said in a chat show Youtube.
Dhoni’s ability to think old-fashioned has worked wonders for Team India. This is one of the main reasons why he was the most successful Indian captain in history, with as many as three ICC titles – the T20 World Cup in 2007, the 50th World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013 –
Not only with his leadership hero, but the veteran stomper also struck with his prophecies in the game. One of his famous predictions regarding Indian opener Rohit Sharma came true when the Men took on Blue Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI in Kolkata’s Eden Garden in 2014.
During the match, the Mumbaikar was going on, and Dhoni predicted that if Rohit did not come out, he would definitely get 250.
If Rohit does not come out, he will definitely get 250 today
– Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) 13 November 2014
MSD’s words came true when Rohit exceeded the 250 mark and eventually recorded the highest individual score in ODIs after hitting 264 runs from 173 deliveries. He took Lankan bowlers to the cleaners and hit 33 fours and nine giant sixes.
On the phenomenal knockout of Rohit, India placed 404/5 on the scoreboard in their 50 overs. In response, the visiting team bundled for just 251 – 13 runs less than Rohit’s individual score.
This was Rohit’s second double century in ODI cricket. His first double in the 50-over format came in the same place against Australia a year earlier in 2013. The 34-year-old scored another double century in 2017 in ODIs against Sri Lanka in Mohali.