MS Dhoni had a decorated 16-year-old career where he impinged himself as one of the fiercest hitters of a cricket ball and as also one of the greatest finishers in white-ball cricket
Dhoni dominated bowling attacks around the world during his celebrated career but his favorite opposition has got to be Pakistan. There was something about Pakistan’s bowling attack that always got the best out of the two-time World Cup-winning captain.
Dhoni achieved a lot of success during his decade and a half old career and a plethora of his most memorable moments came against the arch-rivals. His maiden ODI and Test hundred against Pakistan; his first completed game as captain of the Indian Cricket Team came against the ‘Green Shirts’ in the 2007 T20 World Cup and of-course his first ICC title triumph also came against the neighbors.
MS Dhoni’s assault on Pakistani bowlers denied one its players a ‘potential date’
Dhoni’s love affair with Pakistan did not start International cricket though. In fact, it was his exploits against the arch-rivals that gave a fillip to the Ranchi-born cricketer’s fledgling career.
It all started during the 2004 tri-nation series in Kenya involving India A, Pakistan A, and the hosts. Dhoni, who got a chance because Dinesh Karthik had earned a national call-up (Natwest Challenge 2004 vs England), did not let go of the opportunity, smoking the Pakistani bowling attack to the tune of 134-ball 119.
And, if a report in CricBuzz is to be believed, Dhoni’s knock did not cost Pakistan the game, it also cost one of their players a potential ‘date’.
The player in question was fielding at the mid-off boundary where he had managed to befriend an Indian girl in the stands and eventually convince her for a ‘date’. As it turned out that one of Dhoni’s six proceeded to hit the girl, who had to be then attended by the paramedics team, thus ruining the day for the Pakistani- both professionally and on the personal front.
Dhoni continued his form throughout the series, scoring 362 runs in six innings at an average of 72.40. His exploits earned him a national call-up. The rest, as they say, is history.