Melbourne, Feb 24: When MS Dhoni captained India to a comprehensive 130-run victory over South Africa on Sunday (February 22) at ICC World Cup 2015, he matched former skipper Sourav Ganguly's record and is only way to surpass Kapil Dev.
The clinical performance at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in their second Pool B game, saw Dhoni notch 9th win as a World Cup captain in 11 matches.
This achievement equalled Ganguly's, who too captained India for 9 successes at World Cup in 11 clashes in 2003 edition. However, the most successful Indian captain at World Cup is Kapil with 11 from 15 matches in 1983 and 1987 tournaments.
Dhoni though has the highest winning percentage as India's World Cup captain with 86.36%. Ganguly is second with 81.81%.
During this edition, Dhoni is set to surpass Kapil's record and become India's most successful World Cup leader. Both have led the sides to World Cup glory.
Dhoni is arguably India's greatest limited overs captain, having won World Cup 2011, 2007 World Twenty20 and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. He is the only skipper in history to have won all three ICC trophies.
His record keeps getting better.
Most wins as India captain at World Cups
Kapil Dev - 11 wins (15 matches) (Lost 4) - 1983 to 1987
Mohammad Azharuddin - 10 (23 matches) (Lost 12, 1 No Result) - 1992 to 1999
MS Dhoni (Lost 1, Tied 1) 9 (11 matches) - 2011 to 2015
Sourav Ganguly (Lost 2) - 9 (11 matches) - 2003
S Venkataraghavan - 1 (6 matches)
Rahul Dravid - 1 (3 matches)