When Martin Guptill ran out MS Dhoni in the 2019 Planet Cup semi-last, not a lot of would have guessed that it would be the final time everyone will get to see the former India captain in the Blue jersey once more.
Photos of a dejected Dhoni strolling back to the dressing area broke a billion hearts as hopes of an Indian victory went down the drain at that extremely second.
That was not just the finish of India’s campaign in the Planet Cup but it also turned out to be Dhoni’s farewell game as nicely, as additional than a yr later on he ultimately manufactured the selection to retire from global cricket.
There was no guard of honour or standing ovation for Dhoni as he left the cricket area sporting the Indian jersey for the last time in his decorated sixteen-yr job, which ended just like it begun in 2004 – with a run out.
MS Dhoni manufactured his debut for India in an ODI towards Bangladesh at Chattogram on December 23 and was run out for a duck off the extremely initial ball he faced in global cricket, and as it turns out, he was also run out off the last ball of his India job.
When Dhoni was run out in his initial match for India, critics and supporters believed it was in all probability the finish of however a different Indian wicketkeeper-batsman’s job, prior to it even started.
MS Dhoni’s India job started and ended with a run out (ICC Photograph)
But sixteen many years later on, Indian cricket supporters would have had a extremely unique feeling when Guptill ran him out with a direct hit from deep mid-wicket at The Oval.
The massive big difference in between the two dismissals was that he was an unknown commodity in 2004 but in 2020, as Rohit Sharma just lately wrote on social media, Dhoni retired as maybe “a single of the most influential guys in the historical past of Indian cricket”.
GANGULY’S FAITH IN DHONI
Dhoni was fortunate that he manufactured his debut underneath captain Sourav Ganguly, who was recognized for his means to groom younger cricketers that he believed in and gave prolonged ropes to the debutants to show their talent and mettle.
Sourav Ganguly was a single of the guys accountable for bringing MS Dhoni into the Indian crew in 2004 (AFP Photograph)
The prolonged-haired 23-yr-outdated Dhoni was no unique, he acquired the backing of his captain and the rest is historical past. He failed in the subsequent 3 matches as nicely when coming to bat reduce down the purchase but Ganguly persisted with him.
It was ultimately made a decision by Dada and the crew management that Dhoni would be sent up the purchase at No. three in an ODI towards Pakistan in Visakhapatnam on April five, 2005. It was the chance Dhoni was waiting for and he grabbed it with each hands, smashing 148 off 123 balls with 15 boundaries and four towering sixes.
That was only the starting of the legend of Dhoni and his rise in planet cricket. Not only did he go on to score above 17,000 global runs across formats, and impact 800 dismissals behind the stumps, but he also grew to become the most thriving Indian captain, leaving behind even Sourav Ganguly’s information, with 3 ICC trophies – 2007 Planet T20, 2011 Planet Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy – to his title.
Dhoni won almost everything there was to be won as captain and player for India. But sadly all fantastic issues come to an finish, and so did his global job.
MS Dhoni is the only captain to win all three ICC titles – 2007 Planet T20, 2011 Planet Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy
When Dhoni burst onto the global scene no one knew who he was but when he left the area on July 9 final yr, everyone held back tears and wondered when would they get to see him once more in the Blue jersey.
His 50 off 114 balls was nowhere close to his greatest but it was in all probability the most crucial knock of his job at the time. Dhoni’s prowess as a batsman was in its last stage and query marks had been currently being raised for nicely above a yr prior to the Planet Cup no matter if he would be capable to inspire the crew in the similar way he did in 2011.
Virat Kohli and the crew management had to defend Dhoni’s batting type and strike-fee on a amount of events prior to the showpiece tournament with critics asking for the selectors to appear past the ageing but nevertheless supremely match MSD. India caught with Dhoni’s encounter and wisdom as he was the most-capped player in the crew.
Dhoni had a respectable tournament with the bat, scoring 273 runs in 9 matches at 45.50 with two half-centuries. He had a important function to perform in couple of of the past video games but it was the semi-last exactly where everyone had pinned there hopes on him taking India above the line.
NO FAIRYTALE ENDING
The image which broke additional than a billion hearts – MS Dhoni having run out in the 2019 Planet Cup semi-last (ICC Photograph)
But that is not how the script unfolded and as it turns out, there was no fairytale ending to Dhoni’s illustrious job as an India cricketer.
He was run out for a duck in his debut innings and was sent packing for a half-century in his last knock, each instances he came out to bat at No. seven, which is also the amount on the back of his jersey. Ironic, is not it?
Dhoni’s subsequent sabbatical from cricket soon after the Planet Cup and the coronavirus pandemic in March manufactured it even additional tough for him to make a comeback. The last nail in the coffin was maybe the postponement of the T20 Planet Cup in Australia due to the virus crisis which may possibly have prompted him to retire this yr itself.
MS Dhoni strolling off the area for the last time in global cricket (Reuters Photograph)
The tournament could have been Dhoni’s last hurray but not almost everything in daily life takes place in accordance to system. Dhoni ultimately ended additional than a year’s speculation surrounding his potential by determining to phase away from the limelight of Indian cricket.
MS Dhoni will be observed in the yellow jersey of Chennai Super Kings but he will not Bleed Blue any longer for India.
From the 2004 run out towards Bangladesh to the 2019 heartbreak towards New Zealand, Dhoni gave us many recollections and for that we can only say, Thank You Mahi!