Cricket World Player of the Week - MS Dhoni
As MS Dhoni, in his typical dispassionate style, called it a day from international cricket, he deserves to be the Cricket World Player of the Week for his illustrious career.
After having tried Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthik and a couple of others, India under Sourav Ganguly were desperately looking for a wicket-keeper who could give them consistent runs as well. This is when MS Dhoni was put on trial.
With 12 being his highest score after his first 4 ODIs, Gangly made the inspired move of promoting Dhoni to No 3 in the second ODI of the six-match series against Pakistan. Dhoni responded in a terrific fashion, plundering 148 runs off 123 balls at a strike rate of over 120.
After the blitz, there was little doubt in the minds of either the cricket fans or the management that the team had struck gold. Dhoni would go on to win many more matches for India and lead the team in 200 ODIs apart from taking the side to the top of the test rankings.
Mark of a man who always keeps the team ahead of his personal milestones, Dhoni averaged a staggering 69 in matches that India won. His record while chasing is spectacular, which deservedly brought him the tag of the best finisher in ODI cricket.
MS Dhoni on Instagram: Consider me retired from 19:29 ?? pic.twitter.com/ZEgJL82x3h— ICC (@ICC) August 15, 2020
It was only fitting for a man who tried to treat victory and defeat alike and remained dispassionate in the face of both that he bid adieu to the game on Instagram, of all things.
A glittering career which saw India win laurels for one and a half decades has come to an end. It is truly the end of an era.
©Cricket World 2020