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Top 5 Greatest Batting Innings of MS Dhoni - A Legend of Indian Cricket


IPL  •  24 May, 2023  •  12,137 Views  •  ⭐ 1.3

Written by Anish Gupta


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MS Dhoni, often considered the jewel of Indian cricket, has left an incredible mark on the game. His explosive batting, cool and calm demeanor, and unparalleled leadership qualities have led India to numerous victories and firmly positioned him as one of the greatest captains in the history of cricket.

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From leading India to its second World Cup win in 2011 to his innumerable match-winning innings, Dhoni's career is replete with unforgettable moments. Today, we explore his top 5 greatest batting innings, which not only reflect his exceptional cricketing skills but also his resilience and determination under pressure.

1. 91* vs Sri Lanka, 2011 World Cup Final - Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Source: Mumbai Mirror

Perhaps Dhoni's unbeaten 91 runs in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka are the most iconic of all. The setting was Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, and the stakes could not have been higher. Coming in at No. 5 when India was in a precarious situation, Dhoni showcased his calm yet aggressive playing style. His winning six in the last over, which sailed into the night sky, sealed the victory and has been etched into the memory of every Indian cricket fan. Dhoni finished the match with 91* off just 79 balls, leading India to its first World Cup since 1983.

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2. 183* vs Sri Lanka, 2005 - Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Source: India Today

This inning is where MS Dhoni truly arrived on the international scene. In an ODI against Sri Lanka in Jaipur in 2005, Dhoni notched up an unbeaten 183 runs, the highest score by a wicketkeeper in an ODI. Batting second in response to Sri Lanka's 298, Dhoni was promoted to No.3 and responded in grand style. He hit 15 fours and 10 sixes in a whirlwind innings that took just 145 balls, leading India to a comfortable win.

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