India’s wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni is on the verge of completing 14 years in international cricket. He had made his ODI debut way back in December 2004 against Bangladesh. Since then, the graph of his rise only went upward and he has seen it all in the long career.
But there was one knock that put him on the world map. It was his maiden century in international cricket that came against the arch-rivals Pakistan in Visakhapatnam in April 2005. The then 23-year-old had smashed his way to 148 from just 123 balls that included 15 fours and 5 massive sixes. The innings had powered India to a massive 356 which proved to be a winning total by a margin of 58 runs.
Dhoni was playing in his 4th ODI and hadn’t done much in the previous 3 games. His place was at stake due to a string of low scores. The right-hander had to deliver and he chose the best possible option to notch up the maiden ton against the neighbors. Batting at No.3 for the first time, he was aggressive from the outset and showcased what brutal power he possessed.
MS Dhoni back to Visakhapatnam
That was the knock that made the cricketing world aware for who MS Dhoni was. He didn’t look back and made Indian cricket his own. More than 13 years down the line, the warrior returns to the same venue. India will host Windies in 2nd ODI in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. A nostalgic feeling knocks on the door when the now 37-year-old walks out to bat.
His longevity is proven by the fact that none of the players that featured in India’s line-up against Pakistan in the 2005 game are active anymore. While there are plenty of memories associated with the venue, MS Dhoni would want to recreate some in the game against Windies.
On the eve of the 2nd ODI, he was seen examining the pitch alongside Ambati Rayudu. BCCI tweeted pictures of him talking to the curator and getting the feel of the venue again. If he delivers in the game the way he did the first time, boy we are in for some treat.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2018