ICC World T20 2007 or 2007 T20 World Cup was indeed a stepping stone in MS Dhoni’s captaincy career. After India’s early ouster from the 50-over World Cup, Indian fans found jubilation when under the then newly appointed captain- Dhoni- the Men in Blue won the 2007 T20 World Cup. The win was special for India not just because it was a world title but it came without the trio of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in the squad. On Eve of MS Dhoni’s 40th Birthday Fans Wish CSK Captain in Advance.
Young Dhoni exhibited his cool and calmness for the first time at an international stage and indeed announced his arrival as a world leader in style. To fit the bill, four years later, Dhoni became first and only Indian captain after Kapil Dev to win the ODI World Cup. But it is the 2007 World T20 title win that saw Dhoni become the ‘captain cool’.
It was the inaugural edition of the T20 tournament and a format players were not used to that much. In a ‘slam bang’ format Dhoni showed how composure can help you win a title. In a riveting final that too against arch-rivals Pakistan, Dhoni presented us the first sight of how he ‘handled the tough situations’. Giving the last over to Joginder Sharma remains his one of the celebrated decisions on the field. MS Dhoni Birthday Special: Three MSD Captaincy Records Which Will Be Tough to Break for Virat Kohli and Future Indian Skippers.
India finished the group stage as table-toppers and topped the pool in Super Eights as well. In the semi-final, India faced Australia and won the game by 15 runs to set up finals clash with Pakistan. In the final contest, India beat Pakistan by five runs to win the inaugural World T20 title and Dhoni became the first captain to lift the title.
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