On April 2, 2011, MS Dhoni struck a pose that is iconic in cricket history. With four runs to win from 11 balls, Mahi lofted a Nuwan Kulasekara ball over long-on to send a packed Wankhede to utter euphoria.The ball struck the meat of the bat and the sound of it assured everyone in the stadium that India will lift the World Cup again after a gap of 28 years and Mahi’s follow through became an iconic picture.(April 2, 2011: Walking down memory lane, 7 years after India’s World Cup triumph)But, these are all known facts. What is relatively less known is the fact that Dhoni’s Reebok labeled bat is the most expensive bat in the history of the game.That bat of the former India captain was auctioned and bough for 100,000 pounds (USD 161,295) by R K Global Shares & Securities Ltd (India), at M.S Dhoni’s ‘East Meets West’ Charity Dinner in London on 18 July, 2011.The innings by the then skipper was one of his finest in his career and came at the time when India needed it the most.(April 2, 2011: Celebrating India’s World Cup triumph 7 years ago)India had lost two early wickets in Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar but Delhi boys Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli steadied the ship for the hosts and gave Mumbai and billions of Indians a sigh of relief. But Kohli handed a return catch to Tillakaratne Dilshan and allowed the Lankans a sniff.The chase had become tense by then. Gambhir was looking solid at the other but Sri Lanka had just unleashed the wily Muttiah Muralitharan, playing in his last ODI for Sri Lanka. And in walked MS Dhoni. The crowd could scarcely believe it.advertisementDhoni had led India with guts and his wits in place. But he had not scored runs. Yuvraj, the man who had taken India to the final by dearth of his batting and left-arm spin was expected to play a starring role. But it was to be Dhoni’s night.With Gambhir for company, Dhoni took Muralitharan on. It is now well documented that the India captain wanted to go before Yuvraj to deal with the greatest off-spinner of all time. For close to the next 90 minutes, Sri Lanka saw the final slipping away with every boundary Dhoni and Gambhir hit. A moment of madness meant Gambhir fell three runs short of a hundred. It meant India’s hero, Yuvraj would join Dhoni as the two steered India to their second World Cup glory after 28 years.Dhoni then added another record to his books when India won the Champions Trophy in 2013. He became the only captain to win all ICC trophies (World T20, World Cup and Champions Trophy)He decided to retire from Test cricket in 2014. In January 2017, Dhoni stepped down as captain of India’s shorter formats sides. However, he continues to remain an integral part of the ODI and T20I teams. His astute reading of the game is seen to be crucial to India’s chances in the 2019 World Cup.Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2009.Dhoni is India’s most successful cricket captain, Dhoni led India to two World Cup triumphs — in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in September 2007 and the 2011 ICC ODI World Cup. India also won ICC Champions Trophy under him.It was under his captaincy that India climbed to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009.