IPL 2020: CSK and KXIP

Welcome to the Part-4 of the IPL 2020 series. In the previous part, we analyzed the strengths and weaknesses and playing 11 of both Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals. Hope you enjoyed the part-3 of this series. Let’s get into the part-4.

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Now, we are going to see about the two teams(CSK and KXIP) who are completely in terms of their past records. CSK are way ahead of KXIP when compared with their achievements and their fanbase.


Chennai Super Kings is one of the greatest teams in the IPL history also one of the greatest cricket clubs in the world, is known for their achievements they’ve achieved so far. They have won 3 IPL titles, 2 CLT20 titles, and 6 Fairplay awards so far. Many well-known players played for this club, but this team is known for their captain MSD, who has to lead the team right from the 1st season of IPL till now.


CSK has never failed to qualify for the playoffs. CSK has second-highest wins in IPL history second best to their arch-rivals MI but they have the highest win percentage than MI. A lot of emotions come out from their fans as their two leading players have retired recently.

Top Order

My opening pair for CSK will be Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu. This pair has been a backbone for CSK’s victorious run in IPL 2018. Shane Watson scored 555 runs and took 6 wickets along with Ambati Rayudu who scored 602 runs for CSK in IPL 2018.

In the previous season, they weren’t among the runs, so it made the captain make Faf du Plessis open the innings for CSK. Faf can also open the innings but as for now, I think it’s better to play with an Indian opener as they can use a pacer in the overseas slot to strengthen their bowling attack.

The no.3 for CSK will always be their one and only Suresh Raina. Raina who has retired recently is fondly called “Chinna Thala” by their fans is known for his consistency in his entire IPL career. Though he wasn’t amongst the runs in recent times, he will be the no.3 for CSK at any cause.

Middle and lower-middle order:

My No.4 for CSK will be Kedar Jadhav. This Indian batsman is a good player of spin, and can come handy with the ball with round arm action. Playing for CSK he hasn’t played good for his team, except his one notable knock against MI sustaining with a hamstring injury.

My No.5 for CSK will be their captain, MS Dhoni. Playing at no.5, one should know how to finish games, and as well as if the top order fails, the No. 5 batsmen should play responsibly. Dhoni is a master in both of the roles. So he will be a perfect No.5 for CSK. This wicket-keeper batsman has played a ton number of innings for CSK and helped cross the finish line.

My No.6 and No.7 will be Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo. These two all-rounders are handy both with bat and ball. These two can support Dhoni to finish the innings as well. Jadeja will be helpful for CSK in the dry UAE conditions as well as Bravo’s slower ones.


CSK has a good bowling attack with a heavy spin-attack and a decent pace-attack. Deepak Chahar will be their front-line pacer. He will bowl with the new ball and swings it in and out of the batsman.

Their second pacer will be among Sam Curran, Lungi Ngidi, and Josh Hazlewood. They will go for Sam Curran if they need a left-arm pacer and also Curran is a good batsman who will be handy lower down the order. It should be wise to choose one of the three.

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Josh Hazlewood-sportstar.thehindu.com

Imran Tahir will be my second spinner. He has played a vital role in CSK’s success for the past two years. This leggie is a goto bowler MS at crunch situations. My other bowler will depend on the conditions, if they play in seaming conditions, I would go for Shardul Thakur or if it is a spin-track, I would choose between Chawla or Harbhajan.

Strengths and weaknesses:

CSK’s strength has always been its captain MS Dhoni. His mastermind tricks will be handy for them at any part of the play. Another strength for them is their spin attack. Last season many teams struggled to play against their spinners. While this year’s IPL is going to be played in UAE, obviously spinners will come into play.

Their weakness will be their death-bowling and their top-order batsman. Both failed to improve in the last season of IPL. Their death bowling is a serious concern. They have added some pacers to their attack this season, so hoping for good bowling towards their end.

My playing 11 for CSK:

Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni(c)(wk), D Bravo, R Jadeja, Sam Curran/Ngidi/Hazlewood, D Chahar, S Thakur/Chawla/ Harbhajan, I Tahir

Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab will be lead by their young captain, hoping for a good season this year. This team has never come with the same team, each year they will bring changes in their team. They haven’t had a huge success and never won the IPL title, but played some good cricket here and there. Their one notable season is in 2014, where they reached the finals and lost to KKR. In that season, Glenn Maxwell played a huge role for KXIP’s success and he’s part of this team too.

Top Order:

KXIP has one of the best opening pair in this tournament. Kl Rahul and Chris Gayle- what a pair it is! Gayle towards the twilight of his career, expected to play some good innings for his fans. Kl Rahul with his recent form, will be a blitzkrieg kind of attack if Gayle too comes into attacking zone.

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KL Rahul

My no.3 for them will be Mayank Agarwal. Agarwal is a good player of both spin and pace. He can be crucial for Punjab’s success by anchoring the innings, while the others can play their aggressive role.

Middle and Lower-middle order:

Glenn Maxwell will be their no. 4. This aggressive batsman was away from cricket to improve his mental stability is expected to comeback in this IPL. He has to play responsibly in the middle-order or else the teams middle order will be brittle. So Maxwell will be crucial for their middle-order’s success.

KXIP IPL Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell

Their 5, 6, and 7 will be Mandeep Singh, Deepak Hooda, and Krishnappa Gowtham. These three will be helpful in UAE conditions as they can play spin and bowl too(Hooda and Gowtham).

Nicholas Pooran also can play in their middle-order, if their Indian Bowlers are strong enough to play in the 11 so that they can go for a batsman in the overseas slot but they obviously need two bowlers from the overseas slot to strengthen their attack.


M Shami will lead their pace attack. Shami has come a long way in his career and he will be vital for their bowling attack. Sheldon Cottrell will be their second pacer. They have many overseas pacers to choose from. Their third pacer will be a young-Indian pacer for sure. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman will lead their spin-attack. This young Afghan is known for his unpredictability.

KXIP Cottrell
Sheldon Cottrell

Strengths and weaknesses:

Their strengths is their aggressive batting and their overseas slot is strong enough to play in the 11. Their weakness is their captain is inexperienced and young. He is expected to lead the team from the front by his batting. Other than the overseas players, the Indian players are young and inexperienced.

My playing 11 for KXIP:

Kl Rahul(c)(wk), C Gayle, M Agarwal, G Maxwell, Mandeep Singh/ N Pooran, D Hooda, K Gowtham, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman/J Suchith, M Shami, S Cottrell, Ishan Porel/ Arshdeep Singh.

They can also try Jimmy Neesham, if they need an allrounder.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni or MSD or Thala (as he is fondly called) is one in all the foremost popular Indian cricketers. To check his great leadership skills, he served as the former captain of the Indian national cricket team; However, he captained the team only within the limited-overs format from 2007 to 2016, and from 2008 to 2014 in Test cricket.

Also known for his superb wicket-keeping skills, he was a gem for the Indian team even under some difficult circumstances… He made his ODI debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh. A year later, he made his Test debut against Sri Lanka. He’s thought to be one in all the most effective wicketkeepers in modern limited-overs international cricket.


MSD was born on 7 July 1981 in Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand) to Paan Singh and Devaki Devi. He incorporates a sister Jayanthi and a brother Narendra Singh Dhoni. Originally, his family belonged to Lavli village of Lamgra block in Almora district of Uttarakhand. He studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir School in Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand. Initially, during his school days, he played badminton and football and was after all the goalkeeper of his eleven.

He was once sent by his manager to play cricket for a neighborhood cricket club. it absolutely was during this match that he impressed everyone along with his wicket-keeping skills, which resulted in him getting the regular post of wicketkeeper at the Commando Cricket Club (1995–1998).

He was selected for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship, where he performed well. MSD focused on cricket after passing 10th standard. From 2001 to 2003, he worked as a ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur train depot under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore (W), a neighborhood in the province.


He has also received the Man of the Series and Man of the Match awards on several occasions. He received the first Test Man of the Match award against Australia in 2008. It was Sri Lanka in India’s ODI series in 2005-06 where he received his first Man of the Series award. He has also received ICC Player of the Year Award for consecutive years in 2008 and 2009, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2007, and Padma Shri Award in 2009.

He also received an honorary doctorate by De Montfort University in August 2011 and the Padma Bhushan Award, India’s third-largest civilian award in 2018.

MSD retires from international cricket

MS Dhoni has announced his retirement from international cricket, which marks the end of a 16-year-long career of one of the country’s biggest limited-over cricketers. He retired as India’s most successful captain in limited-overs international matches, having won three ICC Trophies – the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 50-over World Cup in 2011, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy – the only captain to do so.

The 39-year-old MSD confirmed this via a video on Instagram, captioned: “Thank you – thank you very much for your love and support. Consider me retired since 1929. “

The announcement meant that Dhoni’s last India game will be the semi-final of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in which India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs. It was his 350th ODI match, in which he scored 50 from 72 balls before being run out for a deep throw by Martin Guptill. Incidentally, MSD was also run-out in his first ODI.

After retiring from Test cricket in December 2014 with 4876 runs in 90 matches, MSD played ODIs and T20Is. With 10,733 runs, Dhoni is ranked fifth on the list of all India’s run-scorers in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid. His total Indian numbers are staggering: 538 matches, 17,266 runs, 16 centuries, 108 fifties, 359 sixes, 829 outs.

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MSD’s future was a hot topic of speculation since India’s relapse from cricket after India’s exit from the World Cup. Since the defeat of New Zealand, Dhoni has not played any form of cricket in the last year, pointing out that he has played his last match in India’s colors. However, Thala is turning to the IPL, where he will captain the Chennai Super Kings in the UAE in the 13th season of the tournament.

MSD emphasized the scene as the 23-year-old batsman, who made his India debut in December 2004 in a one-day match against Bangladesh. The following year, he scored a century in his first ODI – 148 vs Vizag, which Pakistan chose him prominently…

Later that year, he scored 183 not out against Sri Lanka in Jaipur, his highest individual score in ODIs and the best performance by a wicketkeeper in ODIs. In 2006, Dhoni recorded his first Test century (148) against Pakistan in Faisalabad and made a brutal knock in a one-day match to help India secure a five-match series 4–1.

After a disappointing performance in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, he was given the charge of a young Indian team to play the T20 World Cup for the first time in South Africa, where India defeated Pakistan to win the title in the final. From there, his career as a batsman and captain progressed and reached unprecedented heights. In March of 2008, he defeated the hosts in back-to-back finals, leading India to the CB tri-series in Australia, beating the hosts in back-to-back finals.

After Anil Kumble retired at the end of 2008, in 2009, MSD lifted India to the pinnacle of the ICC Test rankings for the first time and won a Test series in New Zealand, which saw him win a force to win again. He surpassed Sourav Ganguly as India’s most successful Test captain and raised his captaincy record to 27 wins in 60 matches, a record that stood until the better of Virat Kohli until last year.

In 2010, under the legendary No 7, India won the Asia Cup, beating Sri Lanka in a big way in the final after 15 years. It was the perfect way to warm up for what is to come forward. With India returning to India 15 years after the World Cup, India was the hot favorite to lift the most prized trophy in cricket, and under his leadership, India fulfilled its 28-year-long dream.

Struggling for runs in the tournament, MSD saved his best. He scored an unbeaten 91 to help India chase 275 against Sri Lanka. The winning six would perhaps be the most iconic moment in Indian cricket.

After the World Cup, the triumph of victory in Test matches began. India was blanked 0–4 in England and Australia, but Thala revived his captaincy career by winning India the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and thus completing a collection of the ICC Trophies. He pushed India closer to three more world titles, but they could not bring the team in line. India finished runners-up in the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh, followed by the semi-finals in the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20.

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In January 2017, MSD stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain but continued to play. In the second match since his announcement, he played a century of 134 against England in Cuttack. It is also his last ODI century. Under King Kohli, MSD was an important part of India’s 2019 World Cup campaign, with a fierce semi-final clash against New Zealand – which was a two-day affair – almost home to India. He walked off the field without showing too much emotion, a trait that was synonymous with MSD throughout his career.

Former India captain still holds 5 world records

MSD ended a brilliant 16-year international career as the former Indian captain decided to announce his retirement from limited-overs cricket on Saturday evening. Dhoni had already retired from Test cricket in December 2014. However, Thala MSD will continue his trade for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. The 13th edition of the tournament will take place in the UAE from 19 September.

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Dhoni’s international retirement was always on the cards. The wicketkeeper-batsman had never played a competitive cricket match after India’s loss to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Manchester.

However, Dhoni is one of the greatest cricketers and captains ever. He holds the captaincy and world records of batting and wicket keeping. India, led by MSD, won the inaugural edition of the World T20 in 2007, followed by an ODI World Cup win in 2011, and then the only captain to lift all three ICC tournaments by India for the Champions Trophy title in 2013. became…

Most stumping in international cricket

MSD also holds the record for most stumping in international cricket. In 350 matches, Dhoni has 123 stumpings to his name. He is also the only wicketkeeper to achieve 100 international stumpings in his career. In terms of total dismissal, Captain Cool is behind Mark Boucher of South Africa and Adam Gilchrist of Australia.

Most not out in ODIs

MS Dhoni is unbeaten in 84 ODIs, again a world record. The second best is that of former South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock, who does not have 72 runs to his name. In those 84 times, MSD was unbeaten in ODIs, 51 came when India was chasing, and surprisingly, the Men in Blue emerged victorious out of 47, while two matches were tied and they lost only 2 times.

Only three ICC tournament winning captains

India, led by MSD, won the inaugural edition of the World T20 in 2007, followed by an ODI World Cup win in 2011, and then the only captain to lift all three ICC tournaments by India for the Champions Trophy title in 2013. became…

Last win as captain (ODI)

Dhoni-led India to the finals of 6 multi-nation ODIs and of which India won 4 – making him the most successful captain in the finals of a multi-national one-day tournament. Overall, MSD has won 110 ODIs as a captain, the second-highest by any player. Ponting is in the first place on the list by winning 165 ODIs.

Most international matches as a captain

Dhoni has captained India in 332 international matches – 200 ODIs, 60 Tests, and 72 T20Is – a world record. Australia’s Ricky Ponting has captained 324 international matches. He is also the only captain to lead 50+ international matches in all three formats of the game.

Suresh Raina follows MSD, announces retirement

Indian cricketer Suresh Raina aka Chinna Thala announced his retirement on social media on Saturday and informed about his decision to retire from international cricket.
Indian cricketer Suresh Raina stepped out on social media on Saturday and informed about his decision to retire from international cricket. His retirement comes on the same day as former India captain MS Dhoni. Raina was one of Thala’s trusted lieutenants during his reign as captain of India.

Thala and Chinna Thala announce their retirement on the same day!

The left-handed batsman was part of the 2011 ICC World Cup-winning team. He played a key role in India’s victory in the tournament, in knock-out matches against Australia and Pakistan.
“It was nothing but playing with you, @ mahi7781. With all my heartfelt pride, I want to join you in this journey. Thank you, India. Jai Hind!” He wrote on his Instagram page.

The 33-year-old Raina made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2005. One of India’s trusted men on the field, the left-handed batsman scored 5,615 runs in 226 ODIs. He averages 35.3, having scored 36 fifties and five centuries. His Test debut was also against Sri Lanka in 2010. He scored 768 runs in the long format of the game at an average of 26.6 from 18 matches (31 innings).

He last played for India in July 2018 and failed to make it to the squad for the ICC World Cup. The left-handed batsman has scored 5615 runs in 226 ODIs for India at an average of 35.31. He has also represented India in 18 Tests and 78 T20Is.

MSD may get a permanent seat at the Wankhede Stadium in honor of World Cup winner Six

Now that Dhoni has given time on his illustrious international career, a report by The Indian Express states that a member of the Mumbai Cricket Association Apex Council has written a letter to MCA stating that it May permanently dedicate a seat where the ball landed (when MSD hit a winning six) to celebrate the former captain’s achievements.

It is a moment that has become a part of Indian cricket history and will be one of the centers of post-modernism. The moment we are talking about is the 2011 ICC World Cup final when Indian captain MSD hit a brilliant six to give the team a win against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and India will be 28 years old. The wait is over once again as a one-day world champion.

According to Ajinkya Naik’s letter, as gratitude and tribute to the contribution made by Mahendra Singh Dhoni to Indian cricket, the MCA may dedicate a permanent seat in his name, where his famous World Cup winner had landed six. Report.

The letter further states, “We can find out in which field the ball landed – and for which seat it flew – Dhoni smashed it to win the 2011 World Cup.”

The request to name a seat to honor a player is unique in India. In Indian cricket grounds, the name usually stands for honoring great players. But the tradition of naming seats for achievements has taken place outside India.

In Australia, seats have been painted to hit players, while in Auckland, a seat has been named in honor of Grant Elliott, who defeated Dale Steyn by six, and New Zealand, for the first time reached ICC Woeld Cup Finals in 2015.

The plaque that was placed on the seat where the ball read: “Here rest Grant Elliott’s mighty sixes while restricting Blackcaps offer to their maiden World Cup final on March 24, 2015.”

Former Indian captain trending #Thankudhoni on Twitter announcing his retirement

In a surprise move, former Indian captain MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket with an Instagram post on Saturday. Dhoni, who has been on a splendor from international cricket, took to Instagram to announce the news for his fans. The Ranchi superstar wrote, “Thank you very much for your love and support. I accepted my retirement in 1929”.

Interestingly, it was after a break of over a year that Thala returned to full training and chose to retire from the game on his first day with teammates. Since a CSK official recently confirmed that Dhoni will be with them until 2022, he will continue to play in the IPL. #Thankudhoni was one of the top trends on Twitter as Twitteratis paid tribute to the legendary cricketer.

“You don’t play for the crowd, you play for the country.” 

Thank you Mahi bhai!

Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly – As the former India captain and Indian Cricket “Dada” turns 48, here is a look at five decisions Ganguly made as a captain that changed the face of Indian cricket.

Sourav Ganguly, the enigmatic former captain of India, the prolific opener of ODI, and the current president of BCCI turns 48 on Wednesday. With 11,363 runs and 22 ODI hundreds to his name, Ganguly is considered to be one of the best opening pitchers in India that Indian cricket has ever produced. In addition to his batting records, Ganguly is also hailed as one of the top Indian Cricket team captains and is often credited for the team revolution in the early 2000s.

Under his leadership, India beat Australia in the series. Test in 2001, beat England at Lord’s to win the 2002 Natwest Trophy, reached the 2003 ODI World Cup final, tied England in the Test series in 2004, and even defeated Pakistan in a Test series in 2005.

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The decisions made by Sourav Ganguly as captain that changed Indian cricket forever

Sending Laxman to No. 3 in Calcutta in 2001 against Australia

Sourav Ganguly was always an instinctive captain. Laxman was the only Indian hitter to be comfortable against the Australian attack in the first innings of the famous Calcutta Test in 2001. India was asked to follow him as soon as Day 3 and Ganguly decided to promote Laxman in the No.3 in place of Rahul Dravid. The play worked wonders for both of them as both Dravid and Laxman fought on Day 4 and the latter recorded 281, the highest score for an Indian to establish an improbable victory on Day 5, which was completed by a rabid Harbhajan Singh… The victory ended Australia’s 16-game winning streak and India went on to win the Final Test in Chennai to take the series 2-1.

Ask Sehwag to open

Virender Sehwag had batted in the middle order all his life. Even when he made his Test in India debut at Bloemfontein in South Africa, he had shattered a century of hitting at No. 6. But Sourav Ganguly saw something that many could not. He asked Sehwag to open the batting for India, as he believed that hitting the Delhi right-hander would bring more results on top of the order. The rest, as they say, is history. Averaging close to 50 and two triple tons to his name, Sehwag became one of India’s most successful test starters and contributed to many Indian victories, especially abroad.

Convince Dravid to put on the gloves

Sourav Ganguly’s India did not have the luxury of an MS Dhoni in large part. Finding a permanent vigilante had become the longest headache for them. Ganguly decided to end it by asking Rahul Dravid to hold the wickets to keep his balance.

The reluctant Dravid, who was one of India’s most trusted blue-chip hitters at the time, had no choice but to obey his captain’s orders. The move turned out to be successful as it allowed India to play an additional hitter during the period between 2002 and 2004. In the end, it turned out that Dravid wasn’t as bad as No. 5 either. In fact, some of his best ODI tickets came at the time.

Selecting Dhoni and then promoting him to No.3 vs Pakistan

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It cannot be a mere coincidence that the two most successful captains of Indian cricket are born just a day apart. It would have been the perfect fairy tale if Sourav Ganguly had been born on July 7 and Dhoni a day later rather than the other way around. But that doesn’t change the fact that it was Ganguly, who decided to try Dhoni after just one successful series for India A in Kenya. “That is my job, right? That is the job of each captain to choose and make the best team possible,” Ganguly told Mayank Agarwal in the episode of “Open Networks with Mayank,” answering a fan’s question, it was true that Ganguly had decided to choose from nothing.

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But Sourav Ganguly did not stop there. After some disastrous first outings, questions were raised about Dhoni’s position on the Indian side. But Ganguly knew his potential and decided to promote Dhoni to hit No. 3 in an ODI against Pakistan at Vizag in 2005. Dhoni broke 148 and has never looked back since then.

Support young talents and make the team believe that they can win abroad.

The likes of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, MS Dhoni, all flourished under the leadership of Ganguly. It was the former India starter who built the Indian side out of the routine of the 2000 match-fixing scandals and led them to believe they can win anywhere in the world. Ganguly’s overseas record of 11 abroad wins in 28 tests, the second-best after Virat Kohli, speak for themselves.

On the eve of MS Dhoni’s 39th birthday, Dwayne Bravo invited fans of the Indian star to his new song about the former World Cup-winning captain.

  • Bravo released a new song on MS Dhoni on the eve of Captain CSK’s 39th birthday
  • Bravo has titled the song Helicopter 7 and presents a ‘Helicopter Celebration’
  • From mentioning the ticket collector phase to thanking Ganguly, Dwayne Bravo has dedicated the song to Dhoni

Dwayne Bravo’s Helicopter Celebration

MS Dhoni turns 39 on Tuesday, July 7 and the celebrations have already started. While trends are beginning to pick up on social media, Dwayne Bravo, a West Indies off-roader, has gifted Dhoni a special birthday present by releasing his song ‘Helicopter 7’ on the eve of the Chennai’s captain’s birthday. Super Kings.

“So the wait is over !! @ mahi7781 you are truly a great inspiration to many people around the world. As we prepare to celebrate your birthday, on behalf of my team, my fans and your fans, we wish you God bless The helicopter is off, “Bravo wrote on social media

From mentioning his Ranchi roots to thanking Sourav Ganguly for promoting Dhoni to play at No. 3 on ODI, Dwayne Bravo had made sure he had presented a gift for Dhoni fans on the star’s birthday.

‘He started out as a ticket collector’

The song also features the ‘Helicopter Celebration’ in which Bravo can be seen imitating Dhoni’s ‘helicopter shot’.

“This Ranchi guy, they call him Dhoni. He makes India proud, creating history. Let’s say thanks to Ganguly for letting him hit at number 3. That’s where he got his first century and that was the start of the Mahi brand. It started as a ticket collector. Now he’s one of the best in history, “says Bravo’s lyrics in his song for Dhoni.

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For Mahi

“Mahi’s song … I still haven’t completed the entire track. I still want to work on the music and some other lyrics I want to put there. I was thinking … there is no one who has made a song as a tribute to an athlete in I came up with ideas, “Dwayne Bravo told Harsha Bhogle during the chat show ‘Cricbuzz in Conversation.’

“I want to do something for him. He is nearing the end of his career. He had a great career. It had a huge impact on my personal career and also on many other cricketers.”

“You listen to interviews from other cricketers like Rohit Sharma, Hardik (Pandya) and even Virat (Kohli), everyone praises him in regards to their careers. He gave a lot of opportunities for cricketers. He also won titles for the country.”

“I wanted to do something special for him. I called song No. 7. It’s his number. It’s a special number for him.”

MS Dhoni has not played international cricket for almost a year, but he is still one of the most talked-about and beloved cricketers. What makes the World Cup winner unmatched? We try to decipher. Captain Cool turned 39 on Tuesday, July 7. Though he is no longer the great long-haired hitter or all-defeating captain of Team India, he remains one of the country’s most beloved cricketers, if not the most beloved.

As he celebrates his birthday far from the limelight, it’s a flashy social media affair that’s packed with #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni posts. His former and current teammates sent out nightly tweets, wishing him a special day. One of them has even composed and released a song to mark the occasion.

Almost a year has passed since Dhoni played competitive cricket at the highest level and his cheeky appearance of salt and pepper in rare appearances in Sakshi’s social media stories are only fueling speculation about his international future.

“January tak mat poocho,” MSD had said when asked about his future last year. It’s July and there’s still nothing on his side except the heavily worded rebuttals of retirement rumors.

Some of his fans and former teammates expect him to “play for another 10 years,” but Dhoni is certainly at the end of his international career. As the cricket world celebrates its 39th birthday, here’s a look at 7 things that have made MSD the fan-favorite cricket player that Paisa-vasool is.

The MSD computer

Already in his first tournament as captain, MSD proved that it’s not just about his batting and wicket keeping skills. It was the ‘computer’ on his shoulders that elevated his status in international cricket. With a formula that can backfire on others and often seems inexplicable from the outside, Dhoni led India to some of the best wins, including the much-celebrated 2011 World Cup.

When Dhoni is in the middle: guaranteed nail bites

The calm and calculated approach was reflected in his hitting as well. While MSD started out as an aggressive hitter who would carry the attack on opposition bowlers from the get-go, he became today’s finalist who likes to play mind games with opposition bowlers.

When Dhoni is in the middle, all hope is not lost. Even when the task seems improbable as it did in his last international appearance, TV screens don’t turn off when he’s outside with “his computer turned off.”

The whirlwind wicketkeeper

Dhoni did not start his career as the whirlwind glove that he evolved to be. “Questions were asked about wicket maintenance skills.”

However, he worked hard and made sure hitters thought twice before going out or worried when they lost their balance while playing a shot when handling the gloves. Not forgetting the odd angles from which it hits wickets that many in the recent past have found difficult to replicate.

The teacher, the micro stump and its spinners

Spinners certainly lack MSD behind stumps in their time outside of sport. From R Ashwin to Kuldeep Yadav, the impact of Dhoni on the current generation of Indian spinning pitchers is well documented.

Dhoni’s reading of the game and consequent one-line advice to spinners have led to some of the most enjoyable microphone chats over the years.

Even a Marathi version was heard last year when Dhoni was giving advice to Kedar Jadhav, someone who attributes his bowling career to the former captain.

The Dhoni review system

Dhoni was not in favor of the Decision Review System for quite some time in international cricket. While other international teams incorporated the technology, India resisted for a considerable period.

However, it was not a surprise that the cool captain continued DRS after India began adopting the technology. Nicknamed ‘Dhoni Review System’ by his fans, the Ranchi hero receives DRS calls correctly most of the time. More importantly, he has the ability to influence his teammates, including Captain Virat Kohli, to make the correct DRS calls.

“Leg stump ke bahar ja rahi hai. Check kharab ho jayega aur kuch nahin. (He is missing leg stump. We will miss a check; nothing more),” Dhoni was heard saying during the tour of India in the West Indies in 2017.

Simple and sharp.

The post-match pearls of wisdom

The world of cricket has always been fascinated by Dhoni’s thought process. Since he largely chooses to stay away from media interactions and social media conversations, post-match analysis has been the only window on the Dhoni computer.

Already lamenting the lack of athletic ability to comment on the quality of the opposition when evaluating a Chepauk 70s track, Dhoni keeps it straight and simple.

At post-match press conferences, it’s best to stay away from questions about your future and retirement.


Dhoni has over 10,000 ODI races. He has won all of the ICC trophies that are there to be earned as captain. However, Dhoni has made sure to have things to keep him busy and distracted while he’s not on the field.

Whether it’s love for his family or a passion for superbikes and supercars (lately tractors), Dhoni has given his fans a lesson in work-life balance.

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3 Indian players of 2019 World Cup, who fed Sourav Ganguly in 2023 World Cup

It is said for Sourav Ganguly that he used to stand in front of the management for his players. As a captain, Dada supported the players of the team.

Former Indian captain and BCCI President (Sourav Ganguly) is known for his leadership ability. Ganguly’s greatest quality is his clarity of thought. This thing has been reflected in their decisions. When he captained the team, he still knew which player to use where and when.

Recently, Team India opening batsman Mayank Agarwal asked Sourav Ganguly that which three players of the 2019 World Cup would you feed in the 2023 World Cup? Ganguly replied that he would have included Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jaspreet Bumrah in his team.

‘Sehwag’s phone will come to hear my answer’

Sourav Ganguly, one of the successful captains of India, is running the Indian Cricket Board today. For Ganguly, it is said that he used to stand in front of the management for his players. As a captain, Dada supported the players of the team. He knew the ability of every player. And even today they know which player they can bet on.

Team India’s new Test opener Mayank Agarwal asked many questions to Sourav Ganguly. To which Ganguly replied in his style. Mayank asked which are the three players of the 2019 World Cup whom he used to feed in his team in the 2023 World Cup and why? Ganguly replied without delay that I would have given Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jaspreet Bumrah a chance. Bumrah is brilliant in fast bowling. We played in South Africa, where our bowlers performed well in the series.

He said that he would send Rohit to number one. Put Virat in the middle order and himself comes in at number three. I do not know if Sehwag will be listening to me, then tomorrow his phone will come to me that how can you think so. But I would keep these three in my team. Although I would have also picked Dhoni if you asked me to select only three players, then I will get wicketkeeping done by Rahul Dravid.

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Rohit, Virat, and Bumrah made a splash in 2019 World Cup

The great performance of this trio is the biggest reason behind Sourav Ganguly’s selection of Virat, Rohit, and Bumrah. First of all, let’s talk about Team India’s hitman Rohit Sharma, in the World Cup 2019, Rohit Sharma scored 648 runs in 9 matches. He scored five centuries, making a world record.

Also, Virat Kohli had scored 443 runs and the first Indian batsman to score 5 consecutive fifties in a World cup. At the same time, Jasprit Bumrah also bowled amazingly. Bumrah was the highest wicket-taker for India in the World Cup 2019. He took 18 wickets in 9 matches. In this, Bumrah also took four wickets in a match.