M S Dhoni, statistically India’s best captain ever, is known for his finishing abilities and last over heroics.But keeping Monday night’s thrilling encounter in mind, we kept ourselves busy finding four instances when the Indian skipper was unbeaten at the end, the match was taken to wire in final over but India could not get better of the opposition.
1. India vs England, ICC World T-20 2009
England posted a competitive total of 153 after being asked to bat first by Indian Skipper. The Indian batting order failed to accelerate upfront and Jadeja’s slow-paced innings made it difficult at the end. The match was ready for a thrilling finish as Dhoni and Pathan needed 67 in 36 balls. But MSD’s 30* off 20 and Pathan’s 33* 0f 17 was not enough to pull off the victory as the controversial ex-IPL commissioner Lalit Modi watched it from the stands.
2. Australia vs India, Sydney ’12
After getting whitewashed at the test series, India was looking forward to get back onto winning ways. But Australia’s total of 171 proved too big for Indian batsmen to chase. M S Dhoni was not able to middle the ball from scratch and though he was present till the end, he only managed to score 48 with a meagre strike rate of 111. This match saw four debuts with Geroge Bailey making history to become captain on his very T20I debut. Indian rookie spinner Rahul Sharma, also, made his first international T-20 appearance.
3. India vs New Zealand, Chennai ’12
It was McCullum show in the first innings and Virat Kohli’s exploits on the other. But in a slow pitch of Chepauk, India eventually failed to reach the target of 168 runs set by the Black Caps. It was a nail-biter at the end, when 13 runs were required off the final one. But Dhoni and Yuvi failed to clinch glory. The Indian skipper was not at his best and struggled to make sweet contact as he made 22 runs with an unlikely strike rate of 95.65. When every other batsmen, who reached the double figure mark, recorded a strike rate above 100, this was pretty unexpected from the finisher, whom the men in blue have depended upon over years.
4. England vs India, Birmingham ’14
The one-off T-20 international between India and England saw the home side posting a challenging total of 180, courtesy to their skipper Eoin Morgan’s firing 71 off just 31 balls. India paced off their Innings well and needed to score 46 from the last 5 overs with Dhoni and Raina on the crease. This was a reasonable thing to ask with two of the world’s best finishers at the wicket but the story reversed as Raina and Jadeja fell in quick succession afterwards. So, it was the skipper’s responsibility to see off the match in style but Dhoni failed to reproduce his magic in the last over. We don’t want to get onto the debate whether Dhoni should have refused the single to Rayudu or not, but the end result was unsatisfactory for Indian fans as the men in blue fell short off the target just by 3 runs.