India were asked to bat first and were in troubled waters at 45 for 3 before Mohammad Kaif took ownership to bail India out of trouble. Dhoni strode out to bat after the dismissal of Sridharan Sriram but was run out after facing just the one ball, much to the dismay of many watching the game.
He failed to get going in the next few games but was given another chance by captain Sourav Ganguly, and only in his 5th ODI, he went onto score a magnificent ton to announce his arrival on the international stage.
Dhoni then went onto captain India in the inaugural T20 World Cup triumph in 2007 before playing a starring role in the final of the 2011 World Cup as India lifted the 50-over World Cup after a long wait of 28 years.
He also led the team to glory in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England and was teary-eyed when the side lost to familiar foes in Australia in the 2015 World Cup Semi-final.
He passed on the mantle in the limited overs to Virat Kohli in 2017 but still continues to play an important role in the team, shutting down his critics with impressive performances when it matters the most.
Dhoni has played 332 ODIs, scoring 10,173 runs at an average of 50.11 and will finish being among India's greatest One-Day international players but the remarkable journey didn't start too kindly for the man who eventually went onto win everything there is in cricket.
First Published: December 23, 2018, 12:16 AM IST