Men of Extraordinary Talent
After 73 years of India’s independence, the men in blue adorning jersey numbers 7 and 3 retired and the whole country was stuck in awe and showered their reverence for the legends who took Indian Test to an all-new level and mapped out India’s success to glory and fame.
Ms. Dhoni-The Man Who Gave Much More
Who could forget the MS Dhoni’s batted last six that led India won the 2011 World Cup against Sri Lanka and the rest became the history.
M.S. Dhoni is regarded to be the most successful captain in the history of cricket because of whom the Indian cricket team bagged consecutive world championships like T-Twenty World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, IPL Cup and many more.
a) History Of The Legend
The former captain of India took India to three more world titles but couldn’t lead the team over the line. In 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh, India landed up in the runner-up title and it was followed by the semi-final finish in the 2015 World Cup. In the year 2016, the former Indian captain took India to a 3-0 whitewash over Australia in T20Is.
In January of 2017, Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain but also continued to play on. Whereas in the second match, he cracked a century of 134 against England at Cuttack as India lead the series by 2-1. It was also proved to be the final ODI century.
MS Dhoni played a major role in India’s 2019 World Cup Campaign under Kohli whereas, in the crunch semi-final clash against New Zealand, it lost the game. He walked off the pitch without showing much emotion, a trait that became synonymous with Dhoni throughput his career.
The former captain holds the record for the most number of sixes in International Cricket and is ranked on 5th position across in the World for hitting 304 sixes in 448 innings followed by Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, and Sanath Jayasuriya.
Often referred to as the “Captain Cool“, he also holds the post of Vice President in India Cements Ltd after attaining the resignation from the IPL team Chennai Super Kings and he has also been the captain since the first ILP section. He is also the co-owner of the Indian Super League team naming Chennaiyin FC.
b) Awards and Recognition
He has also been the recipient of many awards including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 ( counted as the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and has also attained the Padma Shri that is called as India’s fourth-highest civilian honor and was conferred to him in the year 2009. He was also named as the captain of ICC World Test XI and ICC World ODI XI teams for the year 2009.
The India Territorial Army also conferred him with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 1st November 2011He is regarded as the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev on 1 November 2011.
In the year 2011, Time Magazine covered Dhoni as the most influential person in the world and was listed in the top 100.
Whereas in 2012, SportsPro rated Dhoni as the 16th most marketable athlete in the world and in June 2015, Forbes ranked Dhoni at 23rd in the list of highest-paid athletes in the world and his estimated earnings are measured to be at USD 31 million and in the year 2016, a biopic M.S. Dhoni The Untold Story was made on him.
Suresh Kumar – A Man From Small Town Who Made It Big
Suresh Raina was born on 27 November 1986 and is the former international cricketer who hails from India. Often labeled as an aggressive left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional offs spinner, he is also considered as the best fielders in the world of cricket.
a) A Glimpse at Raina’s Glorious Career
He has played for Uttar Pradesh and that too in all the forms of domestic cricket. He was also the captain of Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League and is also the vice-captain of Chennai Super Kings.
He has also captained the Indian Cricket Team and is the second-youngest player to captain India. He is also considered as the first Indian batsman to hit a century in all three formats of international cricket.
b) Unknown History, Mindblowing Track Records
In early 2000, Raina decided to play cricket and subsequently moved from his hometown Muradnagar in Ghaziabad.
At an early age of sixteen, he rose to become the captain of the Uttar Pradesh and gained prominence among Indian selectors in 2002 when he got selected at the age of 15 and a half years for the U-19 tour to England where he made a couple of half-centuries in the U-19 tour to England.
He toured Sri Lanka after that year where he made his debut in Ranjit Trophy and played against Assam in February 2003.
He also toured for Pakistan for the U-19 Asian ODI Championship before being selected for the 2004 U-19 World Cup where he scored more than three centuries and it included a 90 scored off only 38 balls.
c) A Remarkable Significance
He was also awarded the Border-Gavaskar scholarship to train at the Australian Cricket Academy. In early 2005, he also made his first-class limited over debut and also scored 645 runs that season at an average rate of 53.75.
Just like M.S. Dhoni, the contributions made by this cricketer can’t be ignored especially the times when he acted like a solid rock and protected India from getting defeated by the foreign teams.
Whether it was the international cricket or domestic home-matches both of these players contributed heavily. Both of these players will be acknowledged for their historical records and also for showering the best set of matches that wasn’t visible to them before.