MS Dhoni’s career is synonymous with sixes as he has hit a record 297 sixes in international cricket across all formats. While former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag liked to reach milestones with a six, Dhoni, on the other hand, loved to wrap up the India innings with a six. Most of the time, India has ended up winning the match when Dhoni has wrapped up the innings with a six. Cricwizz takes a look at instances when Dhoni has achieved such a feat.
MS Dhoni’s six off Nuwan Kulasekara, 2011 World Cup final: What a way to bring up a World Cup win? MS Dhoni has slammed a six to wrap up an innings before and he was no different at the biggest stage of cricket. He smashed the ball right into the long on stands to bring up a memorable win for India and spark off wild celebrations across the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Dhoni cracked an unbeaten 91 to win the World Cup for India.
MS Dhoni’s six off K Rabada in Indore ODI in 2015: India was trailing 0-1 in the series and needed desperately to win the second ODI at Indore. Having been reduced to 104/5, Dhoni took it upon himself to guide India through. He played a match-winning knock of 92 not out. At 225/9 in the 47th over, Dhoni started farming most of the strike and refused singles with last-batsman Mohit Sharma at the crease. In the last over bowled by Rabada, Dhoni refused a few singles, only to hit the last ball for a flat six. India defended the total of 247/9 successfully to win the match by 22 runs.
MS Dhoni’s six off Al-Amin Hossain at Dhaka in 2016 Asia Cup: Dhoni came to bat on the third ball of the last over. India was comfortably placed at 158/5 and needed a couple of big hits. Facing the last ball, Dhoni smashed it for a six over square leg to take India to 166/6. India won the match by 45 runs. Dhoni’s last ball-six again proving to be fortunate for India.
Dhoni’s six off TM Dilshan at Jaipur in 2005: Early in his ODI career, Dhoni used to be promoted up the order by then skipper Sourav Ganguly to blast out the opposition to help India put up a big score or chase down a target. During this match against Sri Lanka at Jaipur, Dhoni was asked to bat at No 3 and he responded with a brilliant 183 not out to help India chase down the target of 299. With the target within grasp, Dhoni slammed six off TM Dilshan’s bowling to get India across the finish line. Dhoni sealed the win with a six.
MS Dhoni’s six off Irfan Pathan at Dharamsala in 2010: Chennai Super Kings needed to win this match against Kings XI Punjab in 2010 IPL to stay alive in the tournament. Chasing a big target of 193, CSK was reduced to 148/4 in 17th over, needing 45 runs off 20 balls. Dhoni unleashed all his fury in the last over bowled by Irfan Pathan, scoring 18 runs off four balls to take CSK home. He smashed two consecutive sixes to take CSK to a memorable win.
By Ashok Kumar Shaw