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Mahendra Singh Dhoni: The man who loves to spring surprises

Captain Cool turns a year younger today - yes, age is just a number. The man with impeccable skills as a leader, has had a fascination for pleasantly shocking you out of your slumber. And the list is endless



The One and only Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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The One and only Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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Who was Joginder Sharma? An unknown figure burst on the scene courtesy MS Dhoni's decision to let him bowl the final over in the Grand Finale of the inaugural ICCT20. And the rest is history as the Haryanvi stood tall despite Misbah-ul-Haq's blitzkrieg
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Who was Joginder Sharma? An unknown figure burst on the scene courtesy MS Dhoni's decision to let him bowl the final over in the Grand Finale of the inaugural ICCT20. And the rest is history as the Haryanvi stood tall despite Misbah-ul-Haq's blitzkrieg
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It was Mohali 2008 and Sourav Ganguly was playing his last for India. On the final day with victory inevitable against Australia, Dhoni let Dada call the shots for a while - a gesture that can never be forgotten
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It was Mohali 2008 and Sourav Ganguly was playing his last for India. On the final day with victory inevitable against Australia, Dhoni let Dada call the shots for a while - a gesture that can never be forgotten
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In the 2011 50-over World Cup final against Sri Lanka, Dhoni who otherwise had an ordinary run, promoted himself up the order. It took many by surprise since the man in form Yuvraj Singh was cooling his heels inside the dressing room. But it paid off big time - first with Gautam Gambhir and later with Yuvi - two invaluable partnerships saw India through
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In the 2011 50-over World Cup final against Sri Lanka, Dhoni who otherwise had an ordinary run, promoted himself up the order. It took many by surprise since the man in form Yuvraj Singh was cooling his heels inside the dressing room. But it paid off big time - first with Gautam Gambhir and later with Yuvi - two invaluable partnerships saw India through
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2012 CB series will always be memorable as India triumphed over Sri Lanka and Australia to bag the coveted trophy. Yet controversies haunted with Dhoni's decision to rotate the opening partners - Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. The southpaw was furious and he has often vented his ire, but the strategy worked
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2012 CB series will always be memorable as India triumphed over Sri Lanka and Australia to bag the coveted trophy. Yet controversies haunted with Dhoni's decision to rotate the opening partners - Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. The southpaw was furious and he has often vented his ire, but the strategy worked
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A struggling Rohit Sharma (R) was given a fresh lease of life when he was asked to open at the 2013 Champions Trophy with Shikhar Dhawan. The Mumbaikar who was all this while failing to live up to the expectations, was simply unstoppable in the tournament. And years down the line, Rohit's success at the top in limited-overs cricket vindicates Mahi's bold decision
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A struggling Rohit Sharma (R) was given a fresh lease of life when he was asked to open at the 2013 Champions Trophy with Shikhar Dhawan. The Mumbaikar who was all this while failing to live up to the expectations, was simply unstoppable in the tournament. And years down the line, Rohit's success at the top in limited-overs cricket vindicates Mahi's bold decision
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It was 2014 Down Under and Virat Kohli was in sublime form. Dhoni, who was leading the side in the Test series, dropped a bomb towards the end by announcing retirement from the longest format of the game. Virat took over and needless to say, he proved his mettle as a captain
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It was 2014 Down Under and Virat Kohli was in sublime form. Dhoni, who was leading the side in the Test series, dropped a bomb towards the end by announcing retirement from the longest format of the game. Virat took over and needless to say, he proved his mettle as a captain
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In the 2016 ICCT20, Hardik Pandya was given the last over against Bangladesh. Pandya held his nerves and pulled it off complemented by  Dhoni's skills behind the stumps
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In the 2016 ICCT20, Hardik Pandya was given the last over against Bangladesh. Pandya held his nerves and pulled it off complemented by Dhoni's skills behind the stumps
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At the IPL 2022, Dhoni shocked his fans by opting out of captaincy - Ravindra Jadeja stepped in as CSK skipper but to no avail. It was back to Mahi - one decision that sort of backfired
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At the IPL 2022, Dhoni shocked his fans by opting out of captaincy - Ravindra Jadeja stepped in as CSK skipper but to no avail. It was back to Mahi - one decision that sort of backfired
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