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MS Dhoni is one of the legends of Indian cricket. The wicketkeeper batter took giant strides in International cricket ever since making his debut in 2004. He is the most successful Indian captain in the format, having led the team in 200 matches and winning 110 out of those. He is still the only captain in the history of the game to have won all three major ICC titles.
Dhoni was an incredible thinker of the game, he was always a step ahead of his opposition. The cunning captain knew how to bring the best out of his players and inspired his bowlers to rise to the occasion in the crunch situation of the match.
He was always successful with his unconventional bowling choices for certain situations in the game that often took the cricketing fraternity by surprise.
On that note, let’s take a look at the top five bowlers in ODI cricket who were most successful under the leadership of MS Dhoni:
Ravindra Jadeja made his ODI debut way back in 2009 under MS Dhoni. Jadeja came into the team as an all-rounder but bowling was his main weapon. The bowler received massive criticism early on in his career for his below-par performances. But Jadeja always had the backing of his captain and began giving stellar performances in no time.
He was Dhoni’s go-to man to break partnerships in the middle overs and for stopping the run flow. The Southpaw’s best ever performance came in the Champions Trophy 2013 where he was awarded the ‘golden ball’ for being the highest wicket-taker of the tournament. He picked 12 wickets in five games, helping the team win the title. Jadeja picked up a total of 115 wickets in 101 matches under Dhoni’s captaincy at an average of 35 and an economy rate of 5.