Well, this is truly a burning example of selfless sportsman spirit. Today, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has overtaken Sourav Ganguly with most consecutive World Cup match victories as India captain when Team India defeated Ireland by eight-wickets in Hamilton.
This happens to be Dhoni's ninth victory as captain. The winning journey of MSD started against the West Indies in the 2011 World Cup that India won at home.
Australia's Ricky Ponting tops the list for the most consecutive World Cup match wins as captain with 24.
Dhoni and Clive Lloyd, who led West Indies to victory in the first two editions of world cup in 1975 and 1979, are evenly positioned with nine apiece. Prior to today's feat achieved by MSD, Ganguly had eight consecutive victories to his credit.
However, despite taking over, Dhoni rightfully preferred to underplay this personal feat and like a charismatic leader, put team before self as he believes that it's not about milestones. Its about India winning and we want to take this forward, said Dhoni. That's the motivation for Dhoni after Tuesday's emphatic victory was India's fifth in-a-row and guarantees India the top spot in Pool B.
With every Indian victory in this World Cup, Dhoni' had added one feather after another. He already has the most wins (12) by an Indian captain in World Cups. He has earlier overtaken 1983 world cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev (11) and Mohammed Azharuddin (10). Ganguly has nine.
Dhoni always stayed a team player despite owning almost every glorious record as skipper. He praised his 2011 teammates and termed them as right mix of youth and experienced which helped India grow as a team.
A captain's role cannot be defined by statistics. For example Sachin may have some impresive figures, but may not be the best captain. Dhoni's reputation as a ODI captain is beyond any doubt. Though he is often compared to Ganguly but dada is seemingly highly impressed with Dhoni.
When Dhoni recorded his 59th ODI victory away from home as captain, beating Ganguly's record of 58 wins in 110 matches, Dada had expressed his happiness and had defined Dhoni having a very good record in the shorter format of the games and in world tournaments. Dada also highlighted that MSD has really done well for himself and India.
It is wonderful to see that a former legend is appreciating a performing captain and the captain preferring country of personal glories.