In an interaction with Sanjay Manjrekar on ESPNCricinfo’s ‘Videocast’, former Indian captain Rahul Dravid hailed the finishing skills of Mahendra Singh Dhoni over the years, saying that the wicket keeper batsman from Ranchi played during the death overs as if the result did not really matter to him.
Dravid, under whom Dhoni played a lot of International Cricket during his initial years, said, “You watch MS Dhoni play during the backend of a match when he was at his best, you always felt like that he is doing something really important to him but he is playing it like the result does not really matter to him.”
“I think you need to have that or you need to train for it. It is a skill that I never had. The consequences of any decision mattered to me. It would be interesting to ask MS Dhoni that is this something that has come naturally to him or did he work on this during his career,” he added.
Under Sourav Ganguly, Dhoni made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2004. Despite a string of low scores in his first 4 matches, he was backed by his skipper, to which he truly responded in the 2nd ODI against Pakistan at Vishakapatnam 2005 scoring his maiden hundred (148) after being promoted to number 3. Later that year, he helped India chase down a total of 299 in the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, with a blitzkrieg 183* run knock.
He continued his fine form with the bat on the tour to Pakistan in early 2006, as he scored his maiden Test hundred, and was adjusted Man of the ODI series.
He first led an inexperienced Indian side to the T20 World Cup triumph in 2007. He then took over ODI captaincy, but he had to wait until 2008 to leading the Test side as Anil Kumble was doing the duties in the longest format.
Over his career, Dhoni has been renowned for his finishing skills and he is often viewed as the best finisher that the game has ever seen.
He is the only captain to win all major ICC trophies (50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy). Under his leadership, India also managed to attain the number one ranking in Test cricket.
In December 2014, Dhoni announced his retirement from the longest format of the game.
Then in 2017, Dhoni handed over the captaincy reins to Virat Kohli in the limited overs format.
Dhoni was last seen in action in the 2019 Cricket World Cup semi final against New Zealand.