Dhoni at World Cup: India's most successful captain; 2nd only to Ponting
With nine straight wins in World Cups, Dhoni stands only second to Ponting who won 24 consecutive games in the event. MSD also surpassed Kapil Dev with his 12th win as a World Cup skipper
Hamilton: With nine straight World Cup wins under their belt, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India stand only second to Ricky Ponting's Australian side that registered 24 consecutive victories in the showpiece event.
India now stand second alongside Clive Lloyd's West Indies in terms of consecutive victories in World Cup. The eight-wicket win against Ireland here today was India's ninth in the quadrennial extravaganza, the run starting with the victory over the West Indies in the previous edition.
They comfortably took the top spot in pool B as Dhoni also overtook former captain Sourav Ganguly, who had led the Men in Blue to eight consecutive World Cup wins in the mega event. It was against the West Indies on March 6 that Dhoni overtook Ganguly for most overseas ODI wins as a captain.
Dhoni's India surpassed Ganguly's record of 58 wins in 110 matches, at the WACA last week. Dhoni is also credited with most wins (12) by an Indian captain in World Cups. He has overtaken 1983 World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev (11), Mohammed Azharuddin (10) and Ganguly (9).
'Captain Cool' though chose to stay humble when reminded of the feat. "As far as the records and milestones are concerned, the most important thing is winning the game for your country. It doesn't really matter what the milestone is. "Definitely it's something that every player will be proud of. The last World Cup all the team members thanks to them and the current team also because it's a team effort. At the end of the day, we play a team sport, and everybody needs to enjoy it," Dhoni said after the Ireland thrashing.
He added, "I'm glad all of us have stepped up. It feels good. Everyone is happy we have been able to win nine consecutive games, we just have to take the momentum forward."
Team India's winning streak at World Cups (From March 20, 2011 to March 10, 2015)
1. Defeated West Indies by 80 runs (March 20, 2011, Chennai)
2. Overcame Australia by 5 wickets (March 24, 2011 - Quarter-final, Ahmedabad)
3. Beat Pakistan by 29 runs (March 30, 2011 - Semi-final, Mohali)
4. Beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets to lift World Cup (April 2, 2011 - Final, Mumbai)
5. Beat Pakistan by 76 runs (February 15, 2015, Adelaide)
6. Thrashed South Africa by 130 runs (February 22, 2015, Melbourne)
7. Beat United Arab Emirates by 9 wickets (February 28, 2015, Perth)
8. Overcame West Indies by 4 wickets (March 6, 2015, Perth)
9. Beat Ireland by 8 wickets (March 10, 2015, Hamilton)