MS Dhoni, the former Indian captain, is one of the sharpest minds in the game of cricket, who has positively impacted Team India and Chennai Super Kings in more ways than one. The 40-year-old has won multiple trophies at international and franchise level, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest captains, if not the greatest, in the history of cricket.
Over his decorated career, MS Dhoni has been able to create many memorable moments on the field, which have stayed firmly in the minds of his fans in India and the world. He is known for being a step ahead of the opposition teams on the cricket field, almost at all times.
There are many examples where the Ranchi-born cricketer has been able to trick others into a false sense of security, before pulling the rug out from under their feet at the opportune time. With that, SportsTiger looks back at the five times when MS Dhoni outsmarted the opposition teams.
1. MS Dhoni trusts Joginder Sharma to bowl last over in ICC T20 World Cup 2007 final against Pakistan
When Pakistan needed 13 runs from the final over to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2007, MS Dhoni had the easy choice of throwing the ball to one of his trusted bowlers in Harbhajan Singh, but instead, he went for the upcoming cricketer Joginder Singh. After a wide and a dot ball, Misbah-ul-Haq managed to hit a massive six off the slow medium bowler to bring down the equation to 6 off 4.
Then, the Pakistan middle-order batter went for the scoop shot to finish off the grand finale, but he only managed to spoon the ball in the air to the short fine leg fielder S Sreesanth, who took a smart catch under immense pressure. With that, the trust from MS Dhoni on Joginder Sharma, worked, helping him secure the first major trophy as the Indian captain at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.