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MS Dhoni: On MSD’s 40th birthday, let’s reminisce his top 5 winning finishes

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MS Dhoni, who was born on July 7, 1981, is without a doubt the world’s best finisher.

Though Michael Bevan built a name for himself as a clinical finisher in the past, Captain cool has revolutionised chasing and has eclipsed the Australian with his incredible achievements.

Dhoni has taken part in 92 successful One-Day Internationals (ODIs), averaging 97.36 with two tonnes and 16 fifties.

91* vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2011 final

This will go down in history as Dhoni’s most famous and defining innings. Can it be much greater than a run-chase in a World Cup final, under pressure, and on home soil?

India lost Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag early in their chase for 275 to win the title in Mumbai.

The ship was steadied by Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, but the game was in the balance when the former was removed with the score on 114 for three in the 22nd over.

Despite the fact that Gambhir was removed as India drew closer, Dhoni remained composed and ended the chase with that massive six over long-on.

His Monk-like composure is evidenced by his 91 not out. After 28 years, India has finally won the crown.

13 runs in 6 balls, 44 not out vs Australia

In the 2013 tri-series, India was chasing 270 against Australia in Adelaide.

Ravichandran Ashwin was on strike with 13 runs needed off the final over.

In two balls, Ashwin could only manage to score one run. Now, out of four balls, 12 were required. But Dhoni was on strike this time.

And then hammered 6 over long-on with all of his energy on the next ball. With two balls remaining, India won the match with the help of a no ball.

15 runs in last over vs Sri Lanka

India was chasing 202 in the 2013 Tri-Series Final at Queen Park Oval Stadium, one of the toughest wickets in cricket.

India was in dire straits.Then Dhoni entered the fray at No. 6.

And he manages to take command of the match in some way.

Last but not least, India required 15 runs in six balls.

Dhoni was on strike, and the score was 0-6-4-6. India was victorious in the final.

20 runs off in 5 balls vs Bangladesh in Asia Cup final

In the final match of the Asia Cup 2016, India was chasing 121 runs in 15 overs against Bangladesh.

India needed to score 18 runs in two overs.

Dhoni, on the other hand, concludes the match in just 5 balls with an unbeaten 33 runs from 13 balls.

He finishes with a huge six that brought back memories of the 2011 World Cup Final.

23 runs in last over vs KXIP in IPL

KXIP vs RPS, 53rd match IPL 2016. RPS were needing 23 runs off 6 balls.

And only 7 runs were scored off the first 3 balls and also the chance of winning for RPS goes further down.

But MS Dhoni was on the strike and scored 4, 6, 6 to pull off one of the greatest escape in cricket history.

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Priti Yadav
Priti Yadav
An aspiring journalist with thirst of exploring new things. Enthusiastic in field of Cricket. Admirer of MS Dhoni and obsessed with his winning sixes.

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