MS Dhoni with the World Cup trophy© Twiiter

MS Dhoni is one iconic cricket captain. Recently, a video of Gautam Gambhir

went viral where he said that Dhoni would remain the most successful Indian cricket team captain. The former star had every reason to say so. No other captain has won the ODI World Cup, T20 World Cup, Champions Trophy and also taken the team to No. 1 ranking in Tests. From 2007, MS Dhoni’s charisma on the field meant that Indian cricket team was an indomitable force.

While MS Dhoni won many accolades, the one ever-lasting image that the great produced was in the final of the 2011 ODI World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai when he hit Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara for a six to win the marquee event for India. He stayed unbeaten on 91 as India clinched their second-ever ODI World Cup title. That was the last time India won the ODI World Cup.

MS DHoni is back at the Wankhede Stadium. This time he will be playing for Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians in an IPL 2024 match. Ahead of the match, MS Dhoni came fact to face with the 2011 World Cup trophy on Saturday and the image has gone viral. Some are referring to it as the ‘picture of the year.’

The IPL 2024 season started with Dhoni stepping down from CSK captaincy just ahead of the tournament and Ruturaj Gaikwad assuming the role. Ravindra Jadeja had earlier tried and failed to replace Dhoni as the CSK captain in 2022 but the support from fans and team management made one thing very clear – Gaikwad is the choice for the future and the entire ‘Yellow Army’ was behind him this time.

However, what did not stop was the chatter on how much influence Dhoni will have on the pitch. Hailed as one of the master tacticians of the game, Dhoni had proven in the past that he is capable of changing any game just by his acumen. As a result, the conversations never stopped and it even led to some experts wondering out loud about how much Gaikwad will be able to exercise his control over the team.

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