On this day in 2005, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the wonder boy from Ranchi scored his first century in one-day internationals against Pakistan at Visakhapatnam. After scoring two cracking hundreds for India A against Pakistan A in a tournament in Nairobi in August 2004, Dhoni earned a call-up in the national side.Though, his ODI debut vs Bangladesh was a forgettable one as he failed to score a single run before getting run-out by Khaled Mashud.
But while playing his 5th ODI, MSD announced his arrival in the international circuit with a blistering hundred against arch nemesis Pakistan. He scored a swashbuckling 148 off just 123 balls that included 15 fours and 4 mighty sixes. After the fall of Tendulkar’s wicket, Dhoni stepped in to bat at No. 3 and built crucial partnerships with Sehwag and Dravid to take India’s total to a mammoth score of 356/9 in 50 overs.
Pakistan only managed to get 298 before getting all-out and lost the match by 58 runs. Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh led the bowling attack and picked up 4 and 3 wickets respectively. For his match-winning innings, Dhoni bagged the man of the match trophy.
After that knock, the world saw the rise of a new hero who later changed the dynamics of Indian cricket with his cool and calm demeanour which separated him from his contemporaries. Team India achieved greater heights in future under MSD's leadership!