MS Dhoni’s return to national colours may have taken a decisive blow due to the ongoing health crisis that also has the Indian Premier League (IPL) in doubt. The IPL was a pathway for the former Indian captain to claim his spot for the ICC World T20 in October in Australia. The first match of the lucrative tournament, which was initially supposed to start on the 29th of March, was also going to be his first competitive game since July 2019.
With the thirteenth season of the IPL uncertain about taking place, it remains unsure whether the 38-year-old would ever play for India again.
Yet, one can never argue with the fact that he is one of the bravest leaders the world has ever witnessed.
Not only for India but Dhoni’s bold decisions have shaped some of the famous victories for Chennai Super Kings.
The veteran’s courageous acts have also transformed the careers of his colleagues.
We take a look at the five most bold decisions made by MS Dhoni for Team India:
Giving Joginder Sharma the final over in the ICC World T20 2007:
The inaugural World T20 tournament in South Africa ideally marked the beginning of Dhoni’s era. Victories over powerful sides like England, Australia, and Pakistan had catapulted India into the final, where they met Pakistan again in Johannesburg. The men in blue had already beat the arch-rivals in their group game showdown, courtesy of bowl-out.
India posted 157 from their 20 overs, thanks to Gautam Gambhir’s fifty and Rohit Sharma’s perfect finishing touches.
Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals, but Misbah Ul-Haq kept them in the hunt for a dream finish. With 13 needed off the final over with only one wicket remaining, Misbah seemed on track to get those comfortably.
Experienced off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had one over left in the bag; however, the skipper decided to give the ball to Joginder Sharma. Sharma bowled the first as a wide and the second one dot.
Misbah relieved the pressure on the third delivery by smashing a six to get the equation down to six off four. As the Indian heads started to drop, the batsman went for a paddle scoop in the next ball, but couldn’t get past Sreesanth at short fine leg.
The Wanderers’ crowd went berserk as he caught the ball, which also heralded India to a new era. The title win was the first among the three that Dhoni won during his captaincy tenure.