5 times when MS Dhoni demonstrated true sportsmanship

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is often called affectionately as ‘Captain Cool’ because of his calm demeanour on the field.

On several occasions, the former captain has shown outstanding sportsmanship. His behaviour earned him a lot of respect both on and off the field.

Fans are speculating that IPL 2021 may be MS Dhoni’s last.

Though it is not certain that this IPL is Dhoni’s last one, there is no need to wait for a special occasion to reflect on his greatest achievements.

As a tribute to ‘Captain Cool,’ here are five instances when Dhoni demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship.

1. MS Dhoni offered Captaincy to Saurav Ganguly for one last time.

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For the last time, MS Dhoni gave Saurav Ganguly the captaincy.
In November 2008, Sourav Ganguly played his final game against Australia.
As a mark of appreciation, MS Dhoni, who was captain at the time, asked Ganguly to lead the team one last time.

While Ganguly initially declined, he was unable to say no a second time.
This gesture caught Ganguly off guard, and it was a proper farewell.

2. MS Dhoni allows Virat Kohli to score the winning runs.

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Kohli hit a huge 110 off 116 balls in the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka at Columbo in 2017.
MS Dhoni stood aside and let Kohli finish the game.

As Kohli reached 109, Dhoni took a single and handed the baton over to him.
Then he hit the game-winning hit.

3. MS Dhoni becomes physiotherapist for Faf du Plessis

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Many athletes are prey to untimely cramps in between games.

South African batsman Faf du Plessis was involved in one such incident
Du Plessis hit the three-digit mark with a 6 during South Africa’s 2015 tour of India, but lost his balance and fell.

The batsman seemed to be in excruciating pain.

However, before the medical team arrived, Dhoni assisted du Plessis by extending his legs.

4. Dhoni’s decision in Ian Bell’s controversial run out

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MS Dhoni received a standing ovation from the Trent Bridge crowd during a Test match between India and England in 2011.

Ian Bell, an England batsman, was dismissed in a contentious run-out.
During the break, however, England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower asked Dhoni to drop the appeal.

Bell was called back after the Indian captain dropped his team’s appeal.
Dhoni was lauded for his sportsmanship and received ICC Spirit of Cricket award for that year.

5. MS Dhoni shares the trophy with Virat Kohli

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India played in a tri-series against the West Indies and Sri Lanka in 2013.
As an injured Dhoni was unable to play, Kohli assumed command of the squad.

Dhoni, on the other hand, returned in the final game and led India to victory in a last-over thriller – classic Dhoni!

Dhoni and Kohli shared the trophy as India won the series. Kohli had a key role in the series.

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