One of the best captains produced by Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has taken India to many memorable victories. The right-handed middle order wicket-keeper batsman is considered as one of the greatest finishers in limited overs cricket's history. Here we take a look at Mahi’s 5 vital centuries for India playing in the middle order.
5. 124 vs Australia at Nagpur in 2009
In 2009 in Nagpur when India were playing a bilateral ODI series against Australia, MS Dhoni hit a century in the second match itself. India batting first lost early wickets of their main batsmen. When Mahi came to bat India was 97/3. But his knock of 124 runs in just 107 balls helped India to post a total of 354 runs. Mahi played this excellent innings with a strike rate of 115.88 hitting 9 boundaries and 3 sixes. India won the match by 99 runs.
4. 113* vs Pakistan at Chennai in 2012
MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 113 runs in the 1st ODI against Pakistan was an admirable century which came in a pressure situation. Mahi’s century helped India post a decent total of 227 runs. However Pakistan chased the target and won by 6 wickets. But Dhoni’s brilliant knock was appreciated by everyone and this innings is rated highly even today. He hit 7 fours and 3 sixes.
3. 183* vs Sri Lanka at Jamshedpur in 2005
Personal best score of the skipper in ODIs also came while batting at the number 3 position. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 183 in 145 balls in a match against Sri Lanka chasing a target 299 runs in Jaipur in 2005. This remarkable innings not only was Mahi’s personal best but also recorded as the most runs scored by a wicket-keeper batsman in ODI. His 183* included 15 fours and 10 sixes which took India to victory.
2. 148 against Pakistan at Vizag in 2005
This was Dhoni’s maiden ton which came in Vishakhapatnam playing against arch rivals Pakistan. From his maiden century itself Mahi made a record, it was scoring the fastest century by an Indian wicket-keeper then. Batting at number 3 position he scored 148 runs in 123 deliveries hitting 15 fours and 4 sixes and Team India won the match by 58 runs.
1.139 vs Australia at Mohali in 2013
Another vital hundred from the captain’s bat came in 2013 while India was struggling against Australia in the 3rd ODI match played in Mohali. Dhoni walked in after 13 overs when India were 76/4. From here Mahi took the control and built a solid partnership with Virat Kohli. Mahi finished the innings unbeaten on 139 in just 121 balls helping India to post a total of 303 runs. Though in the end Australia won the match, it was Mahi’s brilliant knock which entertained us with his batting skills. His 139* came with a strike rate of 114.87 which included 12 fours and 5 sixes.