Dhoni becomes oldest player to captain India in an ODI

Avinash Anand

Captain Cool, Mr. Dependable, Mr. never-under-pressure, Mahendra Singh Dhoni requires no introduction. The young boy from Ranchi who was advised to be a wicket-keeper instead of a batsman has come a long way from being a ticket collector working with the Indian Railways to guiding Team India to victory in mega ICC tournaments. He is also the only captain to win all three ICC trophies (ICC World T20 2007, ICC ODI World Cup 2011, ICC Champions Trophy 2013).

Born on July 7, 1981, Dhoni has always been regarded as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs format. Well, not only that but his quick, agile stumpings as a wicket-keeper has made him one of the best in cricket history. Recently, the former skipper became the first Indian wicket-keeper to effect 400 One Day International dismissals.

Now again, Dhoni has created a new record and he became the oldest player to captain India in an ODI after he led the Indian team against Afghanistan in Rohit Sharma's absence in the Asia Cup on Tuesday. Dhoni, who led the side 696 days after leaving the position, surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin who captained India at the age of 36.

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