Rahul Dravid reveals why MS Dhoni is one of the great finishers in limited-overs cricket

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Wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2004, but he truly arrived in the series against Pakistan in 2005 when he scored 148 runs in the second ODI of the six-match series at Vishakapatnam.


Dhoni is the only captain to win all major ICC trophies (T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup and the Champions Trophy). Under his leadership, India also managed to attain the number one position in ICC Test team rankings.

He first led an inexperienced Indian side to the T20 World Cup triumph in 2007. He then took over ODI captaincy, but he had to wait for leading the Test side as Anil Kumble was performing his duties brilliantly in the longest format of the game.


Over the years, Dhoni has been renowned for his finishing skills and is often viewed as one of the best finishers that the game has ever seen.

Former India captain and batting legend Rahul Dravid has revealed the reason why Dhoni has been so successful as a finisher in limited-overs cricket. During an interaction with cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, Dravid said, “You always got the feeling that he is doing something really important. But he is playing like results do not really matter to him. Not an easy situation to get in. You need to have that, or you need to train it. I potentially didn’t have that. The consequences mattered to me deeply.

“It will be really interesting to ask whether something like this comes naturally to him or something that he has potentially worked on. That’s what great finishers do. They are able to get themselves in that frame of mind.”


Dhoni is currently spending time with his family in Ranchi as India continues to battle with the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. There has been a lot of speculation over Dhoni’s international future, but the world will get a clear picture on it once things get back to normal.

Fans were eagerly waiting for the 38-year-old veteran stumper to make his return on the cricket pitch with IPL 2020, which has been suspended for an indefinite period due to the pandemic.


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