On this day, 16 years ago, Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored his first international hundred against Pakistan cricket team. It was the first time when Dhoni was sent up the order and the former Indian skipper showed what he was capable of. India batted first after winning the toss.
After losing the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in the fourth over, MS Dhoni was sent in at number three. Dhoni stitched a brilliant partnership with Virender Sehwag for the second wicket and led India’s recovery. The duo batted till the 14th over of the innings, as both stitched a 96-run stand between them. Sehwag got out after going past 74, but Dhoni was eyeing something spectacular at the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium that day.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni then partnered with Rahul Dravid and formed a 149-run partnership to take India to a very strong position. The World Cup-winning skipper smashed 15 fours and 4 sixes en-route to his match-winning knock of 148 runs off 123 balls. His century helped India reach a 356-run total in the first innings.
Pakistan, in reply, fought hard but fell short in the end. They made 296 runs in the second innings with Ashish Nehra scalping four wickets.
MS Dhoni has 10 centuries and 73 half-centuries to his name in his international cricket career. He remains as the only captain to have won all the ICC trophies. Under his leadership, India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 50-over World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.