MS Dhoni is the greatest white ball captain that India has ever seen and he is someone who has been known as Captain Cool. Dhoni never loses his cool even if it is in a high pressure situation. He has been captain for India for close to 9 years and he has won all 3 ICC tournaments there is. The 2007 T20I World Cup, the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. He was also one of the best middle order batters that India has ever seen. He has played 90 Test Matches for India and has made 4876 Runs and in the 350 ODIs he has played, he has made 10773 runs.
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His captaincy stats are one of the best as well. He has been captain of India for 60 Test Matches and he has won 27 of them and he has a win % of 45. However his record in white ball cricket is much better. He has captained India in 200 ODIs and he has won 110 Matches and has a win % of 55. He has also captained India in 72 T20IS and he has won 41 Matches and he has won 56.80% of his matches.
Let’s look at why he is called Captain Cool of Cricket
Why is MS Dhoni called Captain Cool
MS Dhoni has always been known as Captain Cool. There are reasons behind it. For example whenever a match is tense he does not get stressed or show his emotions. He just tells the Bowlers where to bowl and they listen to him and the end result is a wicket. The spinners that bowled in his team say that he did 50% of the work from behind the stumps. The likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin for CSK and Team India. And Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the later stages of his career. In a match against Bangladesh in the T20I World Cup 2016, they had 3 balls to get 2 runs and Hardik Pandya the bowler took 3 wickets with MS Dhoni having the fortitude to remove his glove and he ran out the batter of the last ball to win the match.
In the 2007 T20I World Cup Final against Pakistan, the last over was getting complicated and MS gave the ball to Joginder Sharma who won the World Cup for India. This was MSD being cool under extreme pressure. Again in the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh had done extremely well throughout the tournament but in the Final, Dhoni decided that he will go out ahead of Yuvraj Singh. And that decision turned out to be a masterstroke and the rest is history. During the IPL, MSD has not been under pressure in the finals and in the 2023 season he kept pushing himself lower down the order and in the final Ravindra Jadeja won the IPL for CSK.
MS Dhoni is not called Captain Cool for no reason. The DRS review system which has been introduced a few years ago is called the Dhoni Review System as he got every review right and whatever the bowler said, he went with his gut.
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