His record itself — a hundred one-day wins as captain, behind only two other cricketers — was nothing remarkable, he felt. “In ODIs, the thing is you have a lot of scope for recovery. In a bilateral series you have five matches — if you lose two, you can win three. But overall, your record keeps going up and down. When I captained India for the first time, we played against Australia in India and lost that series. So it keeps going up and down, it’s part and parcel,” he said.When it comes to captaining India’s one-day international cricket team, Dhoni is in a class of his own.
Dhoni remains the only captain to win all three ICC tournaments – World T20 (2007), World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy (2013). He now has the unique opportunity to add another world title to his crown. (Team India’s Road to World Cup 2015 Semifinal)
“We have struggled when we didn’t have fast bowlers. Those who could bowl quick would not land the ball in the same areas consistently. Those who were accurate would not be quick. We have endured a lot. We have been searching for an Allrounder for such a long time. We learnt to make do with what we have rather than worry about what we don’t have,” he said.
Dhoni has been in mediocre form with the bat in this World Cup, but he has delivered whenever the team needed him. He steered a tricky chase against West Indies in Perth with an unbeaten 45 and was at the forefront again, versus Zimbabwe is smashing an unbeaten 85 in an unbroken 196-run stand with Suresh Raina.