Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has been one of the most influential and dynamic player for the Men in Blue over the past decade and a half. Be it in any format of the game, he has delivered and won a number of games for his side, either with the bat, or with the gloves.
But on Wednesday, the wicketkeeper-batsman involuntarily created an unwanted record for himself.
India lost the first T20I by 80 runs against New Zealand on February 6. The hosts batted first, and posted a gigantic 219 for 6 in their 20 overs. In reply, the visitors were bowled out for just 139, with Dhoni top-scoring with 39. His recent valiant effort with the bat has meant that whenever Dhoni has top scored for India in T20Is, the Men in Blue have lost the match.
This was the fifth such occasion when Dhoni was the top scorer for India in a T20I game. And for the fifth time running, India were beaten in the fixture. Following are the instances when MSD has been the leading scorer in an innings, but eventually ended up on the losing side:
Against New Zealand, his efforts went in vain as India were bowled out for a paltry 139 in the chase of 220. The Kiwis, having been put into bat, made 219 for 6 in their 20 overs. The star of the show for the Kiwis was opener Tim Seifert, who scored a brilliant 43-ball 84. The others who played their part were Colin Munro (34 of 20) and skipper Kane Williamson (34 of 22).
In reply, India were never in the game, and lost wickest in regular intervals. Rohit was gone early, and despite a promising partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar, New Zealand were always on top. After the dismissal of Dhawan and Shankar, India's middle-order crumbled and the visitors ended up registering their worst ever T20I defeat.