1. Pakistan v India in Lahore, 2006 :
With 289 runs to chase, India were reeling at 189 for the loss of 5 wickets. They needed 82 off the last 10 overs, and there was huge pressure on MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. Dhoni unleashed his power and smashed three consecutive fours in that crucial time and guided India to a five-wicket win. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 72 runs from just 46 balls and won the Man of the Match award.
2. Australia v India in Adelaide, 2012 :
Batting first, Australia posted 269 runs in 50 0vers. Gautam Gambhir scored a brilliant 92 and got out at the crucial time when India needed him the most. The match came to the last over and India needed 12 to get off four balls. Clint McKay bowled a length ball and Dhoni smashed it over long-on for a maximum. With Mckay bowling a no-ball in the next delivery, India won the match by four wickets with two balls to spare.
3. India v Sri Lanka in Adelaide, 2012 :
Sri Lanka posted 236 on board at the end of 50 overs. Gambhir once again scored a flamboyant 91 before he got run-out by Kulasekara. All other batsmen were dismissed cheaply and it looked like India will bundle out soon. But, Dhoni had other plans. The batsman who is known for his power-hitting changed his batting style and won the game for his team. Dhoni scored a brilliant 58 and the match ended in a tie.
4. India v Sri Lanka in Port of Spain, 2013 :
It was the final of the Celkon Mobile Cup. Two Asian giants, India and Sri Lanka met in the final. Dhoni was rested for the initial league matches due to injury and was back in the team for the final match. Sri Lanka got all-out for 201 in 48.5 overs. In reply, India lost wickets at regular intervals and Dhoni, once again, was given the responsibility to make his team cross the finishing line. India needed 15 runs from the last six balls and Dhoni was on strike. He missed to clear the first ball, but managed to hit six, four and six in the next three balls and helped India to clinch the trophy.
5. ICC Cricket World Cup, Final in Mumbai, 2011:
The innings of the tournament. Leading the Men in Blue in the final, Dhoni saved his best for the last. Batting first, riding on Mahela Jayawardene’s scintillating century, Sri Lanka posted 274 at Wankhede. In reply, India lost Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early in the innings. Gambhir once again scored a magnificent 97 before he got dismissed by Thisara Perera. Dhoni promoted himself before Yuvraj Singh in the big final and replied his critics in his own style. Captain Cool scored 91 runs in just 79 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes and guided India to win the World Cup after 28 years.