Mahendra Singh Dhoni is arguably the greatest finisher of the modern era, possibly of all time. A very cool, very calculated middle-order batsman in both T20s and One-Day Internationals, Dhoni, has been a pioneer in the art of assessing a run chase. With incredible ability to change the pace of an innings, Dhoni’s performances and his leadership have helped him carve out a place in Indian history, winning the most of any Indian captain. On the way to that record, Dhoni also became the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies, winning the World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20 in 2013.

But his leadership and performances at the T20 level did not stop at international cricket, as Dhoni also led the Chennai Super Kings to Indian Premier League titles in 2010, 2011 and 2018. He also won the 2010 and 2014 editions of the Champions League Twenty20 with the Super Kings.

 

Statistics (2006-present)

Full name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Born: July 7, 1981, Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand) (39)

Major teams: India, Air India Blue, Asia XI, Bihar, Bradman XI, Chennai Super Kings, East Zone, East Zone Under-19s, Help for Heroes XI, India A, Indian Board President's XI, International XI, Jharkhand, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, Rest of India, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sehwag XI

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs    HS     Ave      BF         SR        100   50       4s     6s     Ct     St

98       85      42    1617      56    37.60    1282      126.13     0      2      116     52    57     34

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF         SR         100   50     4s     6s     Ct    St

317   283      117   6621      84*   39.88     4882     135.62      0     27    451   295   170   83

 

Career Highlights

  • 3rd most T20I runs scored by an Indian, 1617- avg. 37.60
  • 2nd most T20I caps by an Indian player (98)
  • Record for most T20 WC matches (35) and most as captain (33)
  • Captained India to 2007 T20 WC title
  • Most consecutive innings without a duck in T20s (84)
  • Most dismissals as a wicket-keeper in T20 WC history (32)
  • 6621 runs at 39.88

West Indies T20 specialist and former captain of the One-Day International team, Dwayne Bravo had some interesting choices to make during an interview on Cricbuzz, leaving out some big names on a list of five of the best T20 players in the game today.

Bravo, who was interviewed by Cricbuzz’s Harsha Bhogle, was given six players to choose from in each of five rounds of choices and here’s what he came up with.

In the first round, Bravo was made to choose from among Australia’s Matthew Hayden and David warner, India’s Virender Sehwag, New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, and the West Indies’ Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle.

Bravo chose Gayle.

The second round saw Bravo having to pick one of India’s Gautam Gambir and KL Rahul, England’s Johnny Bairstow and Joss Buttler, and Australia’s Shane Watson and Chris Lynn.

Bravo chose Watson.

India’s Virat Kohli was lined up against teammate Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina, as well as South Africa’s Faf Du Plessis and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.

According to Bravo, while Raina is his favourite batsman, he would have to go with Kohli.

Up next were India’s Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Yuvraj Singh, Australia’s Michael Hussey, England’s Ben Stokes, and South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

Bravo went with de Villiers.

In the final round Bravo had a major struggle with picking from a grouping of India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya, Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, and the West Indian pair of Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard.

Bravo eventually went with Dhoni.

So Bravo’s choices as the top-five players today, given the imitations of the choices put to him were Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Given the grouping of choices, is Bravo correct?

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