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Mar 05, 2013 at 12:59pm IST

Catch 22: MS Dhoni becomes India's most successful captain

New Delhi: India's innings-and-135-run victory over a hapless Australia on the fourth morning of the Hyderabad Test was not an ordinary win. It was their second-biggest victory over their opponents, but more significantly it made MS Dhoni the most successful Indian captain in the history of Test cricket. Having drawn level with Sourav Ganguly in the first Test in Chennai, Dhoni made the record his own on Tuesday when India's spin duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja put the Australians in a spin.

Against the backdrop of poor form and captaincy, as well as India's embarrassing 2-1 defeat to England at home last year, Dhoni came into this series as a marked man. In Chennai, he answered his critics with a career-best 224 that almost single-handedly scripted victory, and now in Hyderabad he has overseen a huge win that has put India ahead with an unassailable 2-0 series lead. His win-loss ratio is also the best for those to have led India in more than four Test matches.

Here is a list of Dhoni's 22 Test victories that have etched his name in Indian cricket history:

Catch 22: MS Dhoni becomes India's most successful captain

The innings-and-135-run win over Australia in Hyderabad took Dhoni past Sourav Ganguly's 21 Test wins; will it become 24 by the time the series is up?

1st win: Eight wickets v South Africa, Kolkata, April 11, 2008

India drew the three-match series 1-1. Dhoni's personal contribution: one catch, one stumping, 32 runs.

2nd win: 320 runs v Australia, Mohali, October 17, 2008

India led the four-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: one stumping, two catches, 160 runs; voted Man of the Match.

3rd win: 172 runs v Australia, Nagpur, November 6, 2008

India won the four-match series 2-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: one stumping, four catches, 111 runs.

4th win: six wickets v England, Chennai, December 11, 2008

India led the two-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: three catches, 53 runs.

5th win: 10 wickets v New Zealand, Hamilton, March 18, 2009

India led the three-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: one stumping, four catches, 47 runs.

6th win: Innings and 44 runs v Sri Lanka, Kanpur, November 24, 2009

India led the three-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: three catches, four runs.

7th win: Innings and 24 runs v Sri Lanka, Mumbai, December 5, 2009

India won the two-match series 2-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: six catches, 100 runs.

8th win: Ten wickets v Bangladesh, Mirpur, January 27, 2010

India won the two-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: two stumpings, six catches, 89 runs.

9th win: Innings and 57 runs v South Africa, Kolkata, Feb 18, 2010

India drew the two-match series 1-1. Dhoni's personal contribution: four catches, 132 runs.

10th win: Five wickets v Sri Lanka, Colombo, August 7, 2010

India drew the three-match series 1-1. Dhoni's personal contribution: four catches, 15 runs.

11th win: One wicket v Australia, Mohali, October 5, 2010

India led the two-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: four catches, 16 runs.

12th win: Seven wickets v Australia, Bangalore, October 9, 2010

India won the two-match series 2-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: three stumpings, four catches, 30 runs.

13th win: Innings and 198 runs v New Zealand, Nagpur, November 23, 2010

India won the three-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: two catches, 98 runs.

14th win: 87 runs v South Africa, Durban, December 29, 2010

India leveled the three-match series 1-1. Dhoni's personal contribution: five catches, 56 runs.

15th win: 63 runs v West Indies, Kingston, June 23, 2011

India led the three-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: four catches, 16 runs.

16th win: Five wickets v West Indies, Delhi, November 9, 2011

India led the three-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: one stumping, three catches.

17th win: Innings and 15 runs v West Indies, Kolkata, November 17, 2011

India led the three-match series 2-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: two catches, 144 runs.

18th win: Innings and 115 runs v New Zealand, Hyderabad, August 23, 2012

India led the two-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: one stumping, 73 runs.

19th win: Five wickets v New Zealand, Bangalore, August 31, 2012

India won the two-match series 2-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: one stumping, two catches, 110 runs.

20th win: Nine wickets v England, Ahmedabad, November 15, 2012

India led the four-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: one catch, five runs.

21st win: Eight wickets v Australia, Chennai, February 22, 2013

India led the four-match series 1-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: one stumping, 224 runs; voted Man of the Match.

22nd win: Innings and 135 runs v Australia, Hyderabad, March 5, 2013

India led the four-match series 2-0. Dhoni's personal contribution: three catches, 44 runs.

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